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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.

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.

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. There’s also a gynormous 6kg Violet Crumble easter egg on sale this year, costing $250 and available from Costco. This egg contains around whopping 32,000 calories (which would be the entire nutritional needs for an average person for 16 days – based on 2,000 calories per day.) Wow!

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!

  • Guess it also depends on how many are in the family, especially the extended part, as to how many Eggs the children get. Silly to let the eat until they are sick, but a couple of smallish ones a day for a few days wouldn’t hurt. Thanks for keeping us all up to date with these times.

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  • I think a couple of eggs and a nice family lunch is the way to go

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  • 0Agree with a previous comment, each to their own! I personally think Easter isn’t shouldn’t be about gifts or chocolate, however saying that I love eating eggs.

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  • I have always bought new winter PJ’s and chocolate eggs for the kids. This year my daughter wanted a book instead so I bought that instead of the PJ’s which she didnt need anyway

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  • I love the idea of new pjs every Easter for them along with some chocolate

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  • We love annual occasions and Easter is one of them. Its not all about chocolate but we like seeing our son’s face light up. We allow chocolate any day of the year but there’s something about an egg hunt that makes it a bit fun and special

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  • One year my children were given so much chocolate by my inlaws that one child went crazy and the other one felt sick! The one that felt sick didn’t eat chocolate for about 6 months afterwards. Now they get pyjamas!

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  • I’m not a Grinch over Easter but I have been known to go overboard with the chocolate eggs. I remember when I was young, I received a large white marshmallow bunny and it was covered in coconut to resemble the fur. I loved it but they are no longer available. It’s a pity really because I’d get a few small chocolate eggs with the rabbit sitting in the centre. Anyone else remember them

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  • They don’t ruin it for me. Yeah, there’s heaps of sugar in Easter eggs, but it only happens once a year. Eat healthy fir the rest of the year (excluding Xmas and bdays) and it’s all good. My kids never had weight or health issues from eating badly

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  • Each to their own

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  • At one point, before Christianity took over Easter, they didn’t do bunnies or eggs so they probable thought things were getting out of hand when we brought chocolate into the celebration. People should be able to celebrate the way they choose! I most definitely will be rationing the chocolate as I do every year.

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  • If a parent wants to give their child a couple of Easter eggs, what’s wrong with that? It’s only once a year.

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  • I think Easter is still quite fun in comparison to Christmas and Valentine’s Day, and even birthday expectations. Bring on the chocolate and Easter egg hunts.

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  • I think its; important to ration their eggs. Although some people may enjoy seeing the kids smiles eating chocolate we’re not feeding them for their amusement. Let them have a few small eggs at each event you go to then make sure you teach them how to eat the rest in moderation.

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  • Children should be allowed to have some chocolate at Easter time. Everything in moderation.

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