Now I have my own two kids, one of which is completely oblivious to holidays and their associated candy, and one who is all too aware and has already listed out everything he hopes to find on Sunday morning. But as a mother who knows well the affect of all that sugar, I have the responsibility of striking a balance between the two.
Chocolate is not taboo in my house, but it does come with a rule: it must be good chocolate. If I'm going to give my kids sweets, its going to be a real treat, something they can learn to appreciate. So, yes, there will be candy on Easter morning. But instead of loading up your kids with jelly beans, peanut butter eggs, and (shudder) that horrible travesty of food technology, Dippin' Sticks, give these sugar-free ideas a try. They'll last a lot longer than the sugar rush that will drive you crazy by 10:00 am.
If you fill eggs and hide them around the house why not fill them with...
- pennies and other small change (and if you are really pious, they can put it in the collection plate at church!)
- temporary tattoos
- Annie's Homegrown Chocolate Chipper granola bars
- Their favorite fruit in a fun way - freeze dried is always good for a laugh!
- A small high-quality chocolate bunny. Its never too early to teach the value of good chocolate!
- seed packets and kid-sized gardening tools
- punching balloons
- art supplies and a new sketch pad (always a hit at my house!)
- coupons for trips to their favorite playground, museum, or time spent playing a video game. Minecraft, anyone?
Get out there and get healthy this weekend...even if that means your kids don't have the same Easter morning that you did (they'll thank you later).