Friday, April 2, 2010

Candy Overload

This weekend is bound to turn into candy overload for many families. Yep, pretty baskets filled with jelly beans, chocolate bunnies and brightly colored eggs are soon to make their appearance in homes around the country this weekend. It is a time that parents both anticipate and dread at the same time. We can’t wait to see the smiles on our children’s faces as they discover their treasures, but the candy rush that follows fills us with fear.

What can we do to avoid the candy rush without losing the excitement and fun that surrounds Easter Celebrations? I have a few suggestions to help tame the sugar rush:

Use your influence with Mr. EB (wink, wink) and talk him into including more non-candy items in your child’s Easter basket. Some fun items could be:
  • Crayons
  • Bouncy Balls
  • Jump Rope
  • Small dolls or action figures
  • Matchbox Cars
Most super centers like Wal Mart or Target have dollar toy sections filled with items perfect for including in and Easter basket.
  • Limit how much candy they can consume. Sure it sounds mean, but let them know that they can pick a few items to eat right away, but that they need to save the rest for later. This not only tames the sugar rush, but they learn to save. They will have candy for later in the week (and there will be more for parents to snitch on occasion… that is the perk to having kids at the holidays right?).
  • If you are too slow on the uptake and the kids gorge themselves on all of their candy before you can slow ‘em down, give them room to run! Send them outside to burn off their sugar induced energy rush. You can organize an egg hunt, egg and spoon races, three legged races, or many other fun games to burn off all of those sugary calories! If the weather doesn’t co-operate, turn on some fun music and dance!

Wishing you a wonderful Easter weekend filled with family , fun and chocolate :)

- Christine

Posted by Christine of Sticky Fingerprints

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