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Sugar-free parents are destroying the joy of Easter by rationing their children’s chocolate…

Easter is a wonderful time of the year. Stuffing your face with chocolate is completely acceptable and there are a whole four days to spend time quality time with family and friends. It’s a time when normal rules about sweet treats don’t apply and you might just end up with a chocolate induced stomach ache. Some parents, however, are being dubbed ‘Easter Grinches’ for choosing to limit how much they let their children indulge over the long weekend.

Being amidst the Coronavirus crisis, we’re also wondering whether parent’s attitude towards a chocolate feast will change. I know we’re planning on doing Easter egg hunts in the garden. But I know that many carers wouldn’t approve, especially when there isn’t easy access to playgrounds or other activities to work off that excess sugar.

A Sticky Situation

Parents aiming to reduce their children’s sugar intake over Easter often opt to buy gifts instead of chocolate, but many believe this is doing more harm than good. Sharing her thoughts with Kidspot, Barbara O’Reilly (known as Patchwork Cactus to her followers) admitted that things are getting out of hand. “Are we really doing this? Are kids really getting a pile of toys from the Easter bunny now?” she wrote. “The trend towards chocolate-free Easter gifts has somehow gotten way out of control.”

It does seem like a once simple celebration, with a couple of chocolate eggs, a cuddly toy for younger kids, and floury Easter bunny footprints, has turned into a full-blown gift-giving extravaganza. And for what? To prevent a few days of sticky fingers and a once a year break from the rules? It all sounds a little over the top to us…

It’s Only Temporary

While showering your child with gifts instead of chocolate may not sound ‘grinchy’, the idea that children can’t have a couple of Easter eggs once a year is. Kids are only kids for a fleeting amount of time, ideally able to eat whatever they want without guilt or judgment. Restricting them constantly, especially when they are surrounded by temptation, is only going to lead to issues later on.

Extreme Easter

That being said, we can completely understand parents being concerned about the extreme Easter eggs that have become somewhat of a trend in recent years. One Cadbury creation was even labelled ‘dangerous’ for children under four due to its size and sugar content. Excess of any kind, whether that’s gifts or chocolate, is never a good thing and we’re definitely not endorsing kids eating whatever they want all year round. Allowing your kids to have a few sweet treats for one weekend, however, isn’t the end of the world, and is well worth the excitement and magic when they wake up on Sunday morning!

Are you guilty of being an ‘Easter Grinch’? Let us know in the comments below!

  • It doesn’t happen that often – let them enjoy it. If they happen to get sick then they’ll know not to go so far next time.

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  • Mine ate chocolate for breakfast and will again next year!

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  • I generally don’t encourage high sugar consumption and at Easter I mostly buy to do things with minimal chocolate. I think there are certain times of the year you can let some things slide, I think Easter is for chocolate, so go for it kids

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  • I usually limit eggs at Easter, this year I think will be the first the kids will get more than usual

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  • I think this year can be the exception to the rule. Their brains have had so much to process with the bushfires and rona that I feel they need to know that there is still magic in the world
    I won’t be going over the top but making the day a special one for them.

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  • No way……we have chocolate for breakfast on Easter Sunday! (the only time we do) My kids hunt for delicious easter eggs that will last them for a while and usually eat them in moderation, except for Easter Sunday!

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  • I spend a lot of money on beautiful chocolate from Loving Earth.

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  • It can get a bit crazy if they get eggs from everyone.

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  • Absolutely not!! My son is 18 and will still get an Easter Egg. They are young for such a short time and once they learn about Santa, Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy, they lose a little bit of innocence and magic.

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  • I’m not a complete Nazi- I don’t go overboard but I do prefer to have small gifts and limit chocolates . I always do an egg hunt.

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  • I’m completely the opposite because I buy a HUGE stash of Easter Eggs.

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  • I’m actually the total opposite because I buy everyone too many Easter Eggs.

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  • Guess I’m a bit of a grinch then! I know how sugar affects my children’s behaviours. There is nothing wrong with not allowing them to eat it all at once! Besides, the more you save, the longer you will have to eat it… unless I do


    • I agree, this is a very judgemental article. You know the best for your kids and we should respect each others decisions about food choices.

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  • My son is 3 now so he will get Easter eggs but I also have an 8 month old so she will only get a bunny or something.

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  • I ration out my kids easter treats because it makes it last longer, keeps the magic alive!

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