Well its Easter weekend which means the big bunny will be hoping from house to house hiding baskets of unhealthy, sugar filled, processed and packaged “treats”.
Your kids may be waking up to baskets bursting with chocolate and candy leading to a day of sugar highs and lows. This will inevitably lead to bad behaviour as their little body tires to process the excess amounts of sugar and recover from the “high”.
The sugar rollercoaster they are on will cause them to drive you crazy as they spend the entire day begging for more, leaving everyone exhausted and miserable.
Does this sound like Easter in your house?
We all want to be good parents. I remember how much fun it was growing-up and searching with my sister for florescent pink jellybeans and candy coated chocolate. Once a year we got to eat chocolate for breakfast, is it really that big of a deal?
The problem with Easter is not the hunt and having a few eggs Easter morning. The problem is the bottomless basket of sugar that lingers for days, maybe even weeks, on the kitchen counter. We all love sugar. Kids love sugar even more when it’s in bright colours and shaped as a big bunny.
This is my first Easter as a mom and it has really made me think about what Easter traditions I want to create with my family. As a holistic nutritionist I naturally want my kids to have a healthy hunt, but realize that searching for cut-up carrots and apple slices will probably be WAY more fun for me than them.
Since Noble is not walking, or even eating, I don’t have to worry about him begging for candy quite yet, but I do want to make memories and create Easter traditions that are significant and special. That’s the point of holidays I think we sometimes miss as we cram our cart full of candy and presents at the store.
As parents we feel the pressure. What do you mean no chocolate eggs at Easter? What will happen when he’s the only kid on the street the Easter bunny did not bring candy to?
I’m not suggesting an Easter with no treats, I’m not completely heartless. What I am suggesting is:
Think about quality over quantity
Does your child really need an entire basket full of candy you can’t pronounce the ingredients to? Instead of going to Walmart and buying a cart full of candy, go to your local health food store and buy a few fair trade, organic, chocolate bunnies. You can have a healthy hunt by looking for alternative options. Spend a bit more, or get a bit less. Focus on putting high quality chocolate and sustainable treats into the basket.
This Easter avoid the sugar rollercoaster and the family crash it will cause.
Focus on family
It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holiday and not take the time to really think what it’s about. When we spend an entire day feeding our kids sugar we are going to get kids that are out of sorts, being “bad” and driving us crazy. This will inevitably cause us to spend the day fighting and arguing instead of enjoying our time together.
The truth is, it’s not about candy. It’s not about chocolate. It’s not about Dollarama plastic toys that get thrown out in a week. It’s about family. It’s about being together. It’s about making memories that will last a lifetime.
Build Easter traditions around family not food. It’s the perfect time of year to visit your local maple sugar bush. Spend the afternoon dying eggs or making an Easter craft. Put the iPad and iPhone down and break out the board games. Spend time together.
What are you doing to create healthy Easter traditions? How do you focus on family and not food? What are your kids Easter baskets filled with? As a new mom I would love to hear more about your Easter experiences below.
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