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(Sun Sentinel)   More and more parents are turning away from candy and putting coloring books, crafts, and other useless items in Easter baskets   (sun-sentinel.com) divider line 82
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2013-03-31 01:08:30 AM
We call these people douche bags.
 
2013-03-31 01:19:52 AM
Airsoft guns. That's what Dr hoppy pants put in my sons basket...
 
2013-03-31 01:22:04 AM
No more chocolate-covered Jesuses?
 
2013-03-31 01:28:32 AM
This year, the Easter Bunny brought the spawn an array of wooden spoons, spatulas (she loves to bake), nail polish, headbands, a label maker, aaaaaaaaaaaaand Reese's eggs.  She will get plenty of candy at the egg hunt & pinata-beating, though. I don't see the need to pile candy on our kids. Other presents are ok, too.
 
2013-03-31 01:31:02 AM
And while some parents are "totally over candy," the thing I'm over is parent-shaming. Unless they are seriously harming their children, can we just lay off each other already?
 
2013-03-31 01:38:44 AM
My daughter is getting mountains of candy and coloring books.
 
2013-03-31 01:48:22 AM
My kid doesn't have much of a sweet tooth.
Slingshot & seed bombs are good.  Mini art sets and blank journals to write/doodle in.  A Yo-yo, those little super bouncy balls, bird call thing, binoculars, pocket knife, compass, local maps, code books, a watch, Mad Libs, and so on...

Basically, just treat the basket like a Christmas stocking.
 
2013-03-31 02:19:48 AM
If you put carrots and apples in your kids Easter baskets you may as well not celebrate the holiday. There is nothing wrong with candy so long as it's eaten in moderation and the kids diet is otherwise well balanced. This sounds as lame as people who give charity donations as gifts.
 
2013-03-31 03:25:34 AM

ReapTheChaos: If you put carrots and apples in your kids Easter baskets you may as well not celebrate the holiday. There is nothing wrong with candy so long as it's eaten in moderation and the kids diet is otherwise well balanced. This sounds as lame as people who give charity donations as gifts.


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Unlike nearly every other episode of Seinfeld, I agreed with George completely on this one.
 
2013-03-31 03:28:36 AM

penthesilea: My kid doesn't have much of a sweet tooth.
Slingshot & seed bombs are good.  Mini art sets and blank journals to write/doodle in.  A Yo-yo, those little super bouncy balls, bird call thing, binoculars, pocket knife, compass, local maps, code books, a watch, Mad Libs, and so on...

Basically, just treat the basket like a Christmas stocking.


This is how it should be done.  I think as a kid I would have loved a bunch of those things WAY more than Easter candy.  The bouncy balls especially.  Hell, the bouncy balls are cheaper than candy, last longer, and give the kid more entertainment... so long as they aren't in the house.
 
2013-03-31 06:26:51 AM
Brought to you by parents who enjoyed trick or treating as children then ruined Halloween for their kids. Thanks, Mom and Dad.
 
2013-03-31 06:29:43 AM
Back in the seventies, my older brother and I would each get for Easter, a new speedo-type swimsuit crammed into a platistic egg, for use the following summer.

The suits were often too small to be comfortable.

That's what Easter means to me.
 
2013-03-31 06:30:11 AM
Suck my Giant Pixie Stick
 
2013-03-31 06:31:38 AM
The (candy filled) eggs are 'hidden' in the backyard, and there is a note from the bunny himself along with blue bunny ears and a giant blue gummie bunnie outside my 6 year old boy's bedroom door. Now going back to bed to wait for the squeals of discovery! Have a great, fun and candy-esque day everyone!!
 
2013-03-31 06:32:54 AM
We always put just a little bit of several different types of candy in our daughter's basket when she was growing up.  Why?  Because that meant I had quite a few mostly full bags of various chocolates left over for myself.

We would also do the small toys, hair accessories, activity books, or a recent release DVD or CD.

Now, excuse me while I go find out who these 18 people who can't be stopped are.
 
2013-03-31 06:33:23 AM
Whar is 15-inch tall white chocolate bunny?
 
2013-03-31 06:39:51 AM
Happy Easter :-)

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2013-03-31 06:55:34 AM
Somehow I have a feeling that the kids that are already obese won't be subjected to lame gifts like coloring books. Yet the fit and active kids will be eating carrot sticks like the goddamn Easter bunny.
 
2013-03-31 07:13:04 AM
I'm a lousy parent of a single child and have neither family nor friends nearby and thus no excuse to engage in holiday tomfoolery.  I can accept an egg hunt or whatnot if it's an activity done with a group, but it's meaningless, bordering on insulting to do with a single child. All of it is even more difficult to try and explain that we'd be doing it because we feel obligated to give him some memories of holidays even if they aren't very enjoyable or heartfelt.  Besides, he doesn't even know the backstories for these things.  The pomp and circumstance is just too silly to go through for one kid and two parents.

Candy in the Easter basket?  What Easter basket? What's Easter?  Same for every other major holiday.  I guess we're just not holiday people.  I used to be a holiday person, I could just never get it together for my own family.

I just hope Fark and other sites aren't too dry today.
 
2013-03-31 07:17:00 AM
Not going to lie... I was giving my family shiat yesterday because every single item they were trying to put in my songs easter eggs were basically pure sugar.  Spun sugar, gelled sugar, powdered sugar... its all farking sugar.

If your child, even in adulthood, is ever obese or has diabetes, guess what?  Its your fault as a parent and you failed at life.
 
2013-03-31 07:20:19 AM
He has risen!

I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying.

 
2013-03-31 07:20:50 AM
I don't understand how Easter became Christmas re-loaded.

Oh wait...capitalism.
 
2013-03-31 07:38:49 AM
Died for your sins? He was resurected, right? He had a couple of bad days for your sins.
 
2013-03-31 07:41:39 AM
Well fark you. It's my first Easter as a divorced dad. Yes my 6 year old is getting a chocolate bunny, peeps, and some other candy. He's also getting a bubble blower set, hot wheels, a game we can have family time with and a razor scooter. His mother kept the bike and his old scooter so the Easter Bunny decided he needs one here too.
 
2013-03-31 07:53:38 AM
 Parent Carolyn North, of Boca Raton, did not want to deny all sweet treats to her two children, but was not sure what to place in their baskets instead. She started brainstorming with her friends, and they organized a party last week for 10 children to assemble their healthy baskets themselves.

The contents: Bananas, apples, carrots, wheat grass, arts-and-crafts projects, dyed eggs, hair clips, colorful Band-Aids, stickers, dark chocolate and toothbrushes.

North's friend, Carla Zorovich, a mother of three from Delray Beach, said several recent events spurred her to want a healthier basket. Two of her children have braces on their teeth and must avoid sticky candy. And Zorovich recently underwent surgery for breast cancer, spurring the family to exercise more and improve their eating habits.

"Every parent I know is over the candy," Zorovich said.


Jesus. What a bunch of bored, miserable people. Wheat grass? Band aids? Toothbrushes? And the breast cancer woman whose making her family pay for her illness is a real gem, too. I think many of these children are gonna be moving out at 16, never to talk to their parents again...
 
2013-03-31 07:55:36 AM
When I was about 10, mom put a VHS of the Life of Brian in my Easter basket.
 
2013-03-31 07:58:09 AM
This is because more and more parents are dumbasses.
 
2013-03-31 07:58:55 AM
If parents are so worried about their children's weight, they should be moderating their food intake year round and allowing treats and special "unhealthy" meals on holidays. This is just pointless overreaction.
 
2013-03-31 08:03:33 AM
Mmmmmmmm White Chocalate Reese's eggs AWWWWWWWWWW!
 
2013-03-31 08:08:49 AM
I got my first Dungeons & Dragons boxed set in my Easter basket. He is risen! Roll to hit!

And there's a difference between some candy and enough candy to turn your poop gray for a day. My daughter is getting the former. She's more excited over the Barbie and the Pink Shoes DVD and the Ivy and Bean books anyway.
 
2013-03-31 08:17:26 AM
My kid gets enough candy from school and dance class. It's aggravating, because every single holiday it seems everyone expects people to bring treats (St. Patrick's day party, really?). We already have so much left over from Christmas, Valentine's day, St. Patrick's day (really??), and Easter that there's absolutely no point in buying more. My daughter got a handheld leapster and my son got a football and baseball glove from the Easter bunny this year- how many kids would rather have candy over that?
 
2013-03-31 08:20:08 AM

penthesilea: My kid doesn't have much of a sweet tooth.
Slingshot & seed bombs are good.  Mini art sets and blank journals to write/doodle in.  A Yo-yo, those little super bouncy balls, bird call thing, binoculars, pocket knife, compass, local maps, code books, a watch, Mad Libs, and so on...

Basically, just treat the basket like a Christmas stocking.


It's never too early to get your little engineer started.
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2013-03-31 08:20:55 AM
Yup, hate only the parents who want to make sure their kids are healthy.  The kids are still happy because the parents are actually involved and make sure they have fun.

OR

You could be like the tons of parents I see who let their kids drink soda and juice every day, feed them chips for snacks and on days like Easter give them more candy to eat than they usually get other days.

I mean, it's not like we have an obesity problem here in the States so bad that more and more of our kids are getting diabetes...oh wait, we do and they are.

But still, diabetes is something all parents should strive to give their children right?
 
2013-03-31 08:23:38 AM
Childhood obesity is a real problem, so why does everyone get so miffed when I put diet pills in the Easter baskets? Vivarin is crunchy!
 
2013-03-31 08:25:51 AM

Or if you live in the hood, you can just get the kiddies a Gangsta Bunny.


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2013-03-31 08:26:34 AM

luxup: But still, diabetes is something all parents should strive to give their children right?


Perhaps your parents should've taught you to not present false dichotomies.
 
2013-03-31 08:28:57 AM
All of my kids woke up every Easter to baskets full of small toys/games, movies AND candy. They must have loved it because they are raising their children the same way.

I spent yesterday making candles while my daughter helped her kids tie-dye eggs with mixtures of shaving cream and food coloring...and...I forgot to buy the groceries to make the big Easter dinner I planned. Who does stupid crap like forgetting to buy food?

Happy Easter everyone.
 
2013-03-31 08:34:01 AM
A brick of .22 rounds for the boys, plus some homemade fudge.
 
2013-03-31 08:38:50 AM
WhyteRaven74: Perhaps your parents should've taught you to not present false dichotomies.

What do you want, a farkin dissertation?  This is a comment board on Fark.

When it comes to kids (of which I have 2) and their eating habits there ARE in fact two kinds of parents.  Those that careful about what their kids eat, and those that feed them whatever is handy like chips, soda, candy etc...

Don't believe me?  Well then you don't have kids.  If you do and are the type of parent who actually cares when your kids stuffs down their gullet then I am sure you have been in a situation where you have to decline a friend offering your kid a snack because it's crap.

By the way, of most of the kids I know around my daughters age who were allowed to eat ice cream and other junk food in what others would call regular amounts well guess what?  Most of those kids, have been to the doctors and/or hospital for digestive/bowel issues that the parents have no idea what could be causing them.

My kids, only been to the Dr for regular check ups.  Sooo suck on that.
 
2013-03-31 08:52:00 AM
These kids are going to buy a psychologist a new BMW.

I encourage my kids to learn all the time, to eat healthy, to exercise. My daughter is currently learning Javascript, and I recently got Cosmos by Carl Sagan to watch with them. But  Christmas and Easter are about kids having fun, getting some candy and cheap, breakable toys, and going to see animated movies.

I don't believe for a second that trying to shut out everything that doesn't count as "creative" is good for kids.
 
2013-03-31 08:54:51 AM

luxup: Yup, hate only the parents who want to make sure their kids are healthy.  The kids are still happy because the parents are actually involved and make sure they have fun.

OR

You could be like the tons of parents I see who let their kids drink soda and juice every day, feed them chips for snacks and on days like Easter give them more candy to eat than they usually get other days.

I mean, it's not like we have an obesity problem here in the States so bad that more and more of our kids are getting diabetes...oh wait, we do and they are.

But still, diabetes is something all parents should strive to give their children right?


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2013-03-31 08:55:26 AM
Di Atribe:
wooden spoons, spatulas (she loves to bake)

Teach a man to fish...
 
2013-03-31 09:00:33 AM
I DNRTFA, but why should I give a rat's ass about what other people put in their Easter baskets?
 
2013-03-31 09:42:38 AM

No Such Agency: Di Atribe:
wooden spoons, spatulas (she loves to bake)

Teach a man to fish...


Give a man a fish, and he eats for a day.

Teach a man to fish with wooden spoons and spatulas, and he's probably going to starve to death.
 
2013-03-31 10:03:56 AM

Agarista: When I was about 10, mom put a VHS of the Life of Brian in my Easter basket.


she wanted to show you the bright side of life...
 
2013-03-31 10:06:40 AM
My kid is only 1.5 years so she doesn't really care about any of this shiat yet.  But instead of loading her up on garbage dime store candy, I bought a few little chocolate eggs and a chocolate bunny from Fran's Chocolates.  I figured quality will make up for quantity (not like she cares anyways).  Plus I wanted some for myself.   The rest of the basket is just fun little things she likes (stickers, bubbles, etc).

I don't mind giving kids some sweets here and there.  I think it's like anything else - if you deprive them, they'll just find a way to get it anyways.  It's like those uptight parents who never let their teenagers do anything and then said teens go to college and lose their farking minds at the first taste of freedom.
 
2013-03-31 10:07:26 AM
since there is candy in my house everyday my 8 and 9yo would rather get something else. The last few years they get some Easter candy, on top of a new beach towel, some little toys, and and a new frolf disc. I can tell you with absolute certainty that they like the disc and towel more than the candy.
 
2013-03-31 10:08:40 AM
I hear those Jews dont even CELEBRATE easter.. what the fark is THEIR problem?
 
2013-03-31 10:12:24 AM
I've finally won.  We didn't have to buy candy this year for easter.  This a good trend as we bought only what we wanted to give out on Halloween and didn't have to drop $20 buying crap to stuff in the stockings for Christmas.

But I'm not an asshole.  I don't mind my kid having some candy on occasion.  The big issue is that they never farking eat all the farking candy.  We have 3 year old candy sitting around, untouched, still in wrappers.  The stuff they do touch, just a nibble is taken off the top of a huge kiss or a just ears are gone from the bunny.  Why spend all money on something that you will never eat?  I'd rather spend it on something that will be used instead of candy.   Of course when I go to throw away the old candy in the candy bucket, I get the evil eye from the wife because I'm throwing away gifts.

Gahh!!!. We are simply not a candy eating household, we don't need a shiatload of candy. Just buy xbox points or give cash.  Its uses more efficiently.
 
2013-03-31 10:16:46 AM

luxup: My kids, only been to the Dr for regular check ups. Sooo suck on that.


Maybe you should see a doctor, too. I'm sure they could refer you to a specialist who could remove that great big stick that's shoved up your ass.
 
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