Step Away From the Chocolate this Easter!

March 18, 2015 Published by

 

How do you celebrate Easter in your family?

Will your children have a shelf full of Easter eggs to plough through over the next few weeks?

Advice from dentists on oral health and from the medical profession on childhood obesity strongly advise against Easter eggs as a study found that some Easter eggs contain up to 10 times the Recommended Daily Sugar Intake for children.

Add to that the environmental impact of those huge packages that the eggs come in (how much plastic and card is wasted on each egg!). Parents would do well to resist the temptation to buy children Easter eggs this year.

The meaning of Easter and the way it is celebrated varies according to your beliefs.

For Christians who have fasted through lent, an indulgent chocolate egg can seem like an appropriate reward and can help motivate people to continue with the fasting.

However, the chocolate itself has no foundation in the Christian faith. For Christians and non-Christians alike an egg symbolises spring and new life, but it has only been customary to give a chocolate or sweet egg at Easter in the last century.

There are many other ways we can celebrate Easter and teach our children valuable lessons at the same time.

 

This Easter, why not try one of the following:

 

Spend a day making your own Easter goodies to share with family and friends.

Go out into the countryside and see the lambs, or spend the money you would have spent on eggs on entry to a petting farm to help children understand the circle of life and the world around them.

Child learning on the Farm

Make a nature collage

Plant some seeds, even if it’s just in a pot on a windowsill. You can decorate a plant pot too!

If you are going to do an Easter egg hunt, try and incorporate lots of exercise into the event.

There seem to be so many events that are taken over by eating and drinking. Let’s reclaim Easter as a time to play and get outside, rather then overdosing on sweet treats!

 

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This post was written by Dr Amanda Gummer

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