Easter’s coming. And that means chocolate bunnies, candied eggs and an all around sugar high. That’s all fine and good. I mean, everything in moderation is my motto. But what if your child didn’t like Easter candy. Yes, you heard me correctly.
What if your Child doesn’t like Easter Candy?
For as far back as I can remember, I never liked candy, chocolate, pop or anything sweet. For my birthday, I’d have a slice of ice cream cake and that’s where my sweetness ended. Don’t hate me.
For the first few years, I’m sure my parents wondered. I mean, what child doesn’t like candy? But, it wasn’t much of an issue because candy rich holidays are few and well staggered; Easter and Halloween.
For Halloween, I would go out trick or treating in the hopes of collecting as much candy as possible. I remember returning home mid-evening to drop off my three pillowcases full of candy and head back out with three empty ones. My goal was to gather enough candy so that I could “pay” my brother to do my chores. My Halloween stash usually lasted me until Easter came around. Uncle Andrew never got any food poisoning from six month old candy… that they can blame me for.
When Easter came around, the same thing would happen. I’d find 93% of the eggs and then dole them out slowly until Halloween came along again. Repeat.
However, somewhere along the way my parents
caught on to my antics felt sorry for me. They realized that I wasn’t enjoying the fruits of my labour. So they came up with a plan.
Give me treats instead of sweets.
I remember thinking that this was a brilliant idea. I mean, a girl can never have enough stuffed rabbits to play with. Unless of course when said girl goes to move out and 329 rabbits come with her. The great thing about their idea was that Uncle Andrew could care less because that meant he got two times the candy.
Looking back now, I realize that I was hypoglycemic from the very beginning*. Before I even knew that I was. My body just knew that sugar and I didn’t get along. Turns out that Max doesn’t like sweets at all either. He’ll eat the odd chocolate and ice cream cone but rarely. I can probably count the number of times on two hands. As for Artemis, lets just say that she likes candy. A lot.
If you know a child that doesn’t like candy, here are a few things that you can do to make Easter fun for them too:
- Stuff the eggs with things that the child does enjoy like; nuts, cheese cubes, blueberries, raisins (watch out because they’re packed with natural sugar), yoghurt puffs, and of course MONEY! Check out this Easter Egg Hunt Craft and make your own eggs and bunny ears like we did!
- Have the child exchange candies for toys such as stuffed animals, coloring books, puzzles, dollar items**,
- Avoid the easter egg hunt altogether and do something as a family like making pancakes, doing a puzzle or watching a movie.
What Would You Do If Your Child Didn’t Like Easter Candy?
— Journeys of The Zoo (@zoojourneys) March 21, 2015
*I’m not saying that if your child doesn’t like candy that they are hypoglycemic. I’m just saying what I believe happened in our case.
** This might be so popular that all the kids want to participate.