Are you one of those parents, that the week after Easter says to themselves, “Oh my goodness, why did I buy so much stuff for Easter?” Well, if you are, you are certainly not alone as this is such a common thing parents go through. It seems crazy that we all get so obsessed with making sure the kids “get enough” treats and don’t feel like they are missing out.
But is this really a treat we are giving our children? Allowing them for 1 day… or 1 week for some families, to be filled to the brim with highly processed “foods” and harmful food additives? To be left in a foul mood, unable to control their feelings and suffering for days afterwards? From my experience (believe me, I have been on both sides of this common dilemma), it is much nicer for them and for you to worry less about buying the brightly coloured treats and focus more on the important stuff. So to help you have a stress free and easy peasy Easter without the tantrums and headaches from you or your children, here are 8 Simple steps to take when preparing for Easter this year.
1. This is always my first step but I’m going to say it again, be prepared! Make lists of ingredients and items you would like to buy and do the shopping when you aren’t stressed so you don’t make impulse purchases, have a plan, have a budget and stick to them both.
2. I love to save time and money by shopping online, it’s the only way you can shop in your pyjamas and not get funny looks from strangers.
3. Talk to your kids well before Easter, explain to them that you love them so much, you don’t want to make them sick and you feel that consuming toxic food additives, even as a “once off” is still terrible for their health. When we are open and honest about these things our children will choose to be healthy! Kids love to learn about and take responsibility for their own health, this is a great opportunity for them to do that.
4. Replace all of the mini chocolates and lollies with small items that children love, like hair ties, cute pencils and erasers, small Lego toys or other little, affordable items that will last a lot longer than chocolate. Easter, Easy Peasy and Additive Free
5. You can buy small plastic eggs for the Easter egg hunt; these are hollow eggs that you can pop little trinkets in, so children can still have the egg hunt, minus the harmful food additives. My girls LOVE these little eggs and use them all year round, creating treasure hunts together.
6. Save money by making home made eggs, you can purchase yummy organic chocolate from organic stores and health food shops, simply melt it in a double boiler, pour into your Easter moulds and wait for it to set, it really is that simple.
7. Sweet treats don’t always need to be full of sugar. You can make nut truffles, icy poles and other snacks that are additive free, full of nutrition and taste amazing.
8. Focus your energy on having a fun day, remember what Easter is all about and just enjoy being a family, Easter isn’t about gorging on additive laden highly processed foods and suffering the consequences, it is about celebrating life, celebrating family and just enjoying your precious time together.
Tegan Benfell Founding Director and passionate advocate for healthy children