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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 10:17:30 AM

luxup: 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...


Apparently my BIL decided potato chips were an appropriate dinner for his two kids last week. This is why my sister is afraid to leave him alone with them for very long these days...
 
2013-03-31 10:18:27 AM
I made my niece and nephew baskets (I only see them every few months, and I love bringing presents each time) with no candy. Their parents requested NO CANDY, and most relatives just ignored it and gave them 'a little bit'...which adds up to 'an awful lot'. When their mom saw that there was NO CANDY in the baskets, I got a huge hug and a 'THANK YOOOOU' from her.

Doesn't matter what I think, I'm not their parent (though I agree with them here). But it made my entire year watching them completely lose their shiat giggling over the wind up hoppy bunny in their basket. (5 & 2 years old) And toy dinosaurs and ink stamps in their eggs. Among other toys. Spent $50 total on 2 baskets, and was soooo worth it.

My mom is one of the many relatives who bought them 'a little bit' of candy.

/Yes an atheist who makes children's easter baskets
 
2013-03-31 10:20:06 AM
Ah yes, the true meaning of Easter. When the Jesus Bunny gives high fructose corn syrup to all the children...
 
2013-03-31 10:20:12 AM
My easter basket contained about half a pound of Lindt chocolates and Nate Silver's book... but then I'm 33 and have awesome in-laws.

/hoping for minibottles of scotch next year
//...perhaps to be used in between songs at church gigs
///tip your brass players
 
2013-03-31 10:27:25 AM
My daughter is just shy of 9 months old, so no candy with this Easter. We stocked her 1st Easter basket with a few books & soft Easter-y toys (little lamb & chick). Her favorite part is all the empty jumbo plastic eggs we put in there for filler.
 
2013-03-31 10:51:20 AM
I'm planning on reading the article in a few minutes, but first I'm going to go back to the living room so I can finish watching my kids eat their 1 pound solid milk chocolate bunnies (ears first).

dnrtfa
 
2013-03-31 11:16:20 AM
We don't do candy holidays.  On Halloween they trick-or-treat then we trade them their candy for an awesome toy.  This easter their baskets will have a huge Tonka truck in them.  We don't do candy.  And guess what... my kids are healthy.  They don't get sick.  They've never taken a single medication.  They've never had an ear infection.  They still have their tonsils, appendixes, and everything else.  They don't have asthma or acid reflux and don't require psychiatric medication.

Fark: They're not vaccinated either.  suck it.
 
2013-03-31 11:27:01 AM

yukichigai: 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.


Some Easter baskets are capable of having both toys AND candy.  It's amazing.
 
2013-03-31 11:29:21 AM

HalfOffOffer: We don't do candy holidays.  On Halloween they trick-or-treat then we trade them their candy for an awesome toy.  This easter their baskets will have a huge Tonka truck in them.  We don't do candy.  And guess what... my kids are healthy.  They don't get sick.  They've never taken a single medication.  They've never had an ear infection.  They still have their tonsils, appendixes, and everything else.  They don't have asthma or acid reflux and don't require psychiatric medication.

Fark: They're not vaccinated either.  suck it.


Apparently humans were the picture of health before processed food was invented.
 
2013-03-31 11:33:31 AM

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


NO WAY! I was told he took that video of me for 'personal use'!
 
2013-03-31 11:39:07 AM

HalfOffOffer: We don't do candy holidays.  On Halloween they trick-or-treat then we trade them their candy for an awesome toy.  This easter their baskets will have a huge Tonka truck in them.  We don't do candy.  And guess what... my kids are healthy.  They don't get sick.  They've never taken a single medication.  They've never had an ear infection.  They still have their tonsils, appendixes, and everything else.  They don't have asthma or acid reflux and don't require psychiatric medication.

Fark: They're not vaccinated either.  suck it.


Enjoy it while it lasts, you're damaging the herd immunity for everyone else. Plus, go read up on measles, mumps, rubella, scarlet fever, polio, etc. Good luck with that.
 
2013-03-31 11:43:44 AM
The Mrs. has a bad time around Easter, because a few years back her stepfather (who she was much closer to than her real dad) passed.  So around this time, she gets really down in the dumps.  However she loves making Easter baskets for the kids and it seems to get her mood up.  She never buys the pre made ones, she buys a simple wicker basket and candy and stuff and stuffs the baskets full.  No books or toys just candy, they way Jesus intended.  What is sadder, is the pre made baskets do not have jack shiat in them.
 
2013-03-31 11:45:59 AM
Yeah, it's sad. But so is diabetes and a early heart attack. To much sugar, not enough exercise = early death.
 
2013-03-31 11:46:55 AM

luxup: 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.


What's with the attitude? Calm down.
 
2013-03-31 12:16:10 PM
What? No one else got the...
Light Up Pufferball Chicks?


/silly fun
//sadly, prob made in China
 
2013-03-31 12:20:50 PM
People who are hating on the parents have no idea how much candy comes in over the course of the year.  Birthday party goodie bags are the primary culprit, but Halloween was far more candy for my kids than I ever remember getting (think 2 of those plastic grocery bags full per kid).  We still have Halloween and Christmas candy laying about.

I dare say that if I took all of the candy still in the house from their events, it would be more than 10 lbs. worth.  Even if I were to give them 2 pieces a day, it would be more than a year supply.  Kids got Tervis logo cups, a Skylanders strategy guide for my son, and a fashion stencil set for my daughter.

/did give candy in the plastic eggs
//it was re-purposed candy from our supply
///and a nickel in each egg to lessen the guilt
 
2013-03-31 12:23:24 PM
I'm on board with treating it like a stocking. There's some candy in there, but also a DVD, squirt guns, a baseball, a stuffed animal, a kite, etc. Why do people have to be so extreme one way or the other? I know someone who gave her kids toothbrushes and toothpaste. No, she's not a blast at parties.
 
2013-03-31 12:28:37 PM
My children will wake at the crack of dawn and weave their own baskets. Only after I have thoroughly inspected the baskets for flaws in the weave and those flaws corrected will they be allowed to hunt for eggs and prizes. Prizes that I did not hide. When they return home, defeated and disappointed I will explain to them how life is horrible and no matter how hard you work you will get shiat on. Then we will ceremoniously burn the baskets and return to our normal activities. This will be repeated year after year until they run away from home.
 
2013-03-31 12:48:16 PM
Kids get small Easter baskets from the Chocolate Bar here in Houston - their chocolate is marvelous. Really don't need much more than that. They get about a week with the chocolate, and then it "disappears" -- this way we don't have Halloween chocolate at Christmas, Christmas at Valentine's, etc. Works for everyone.
 
2013-03-31 01:12:12 PM
Sad? Subby clearly didn't spend this morning with a 3-year-old hopped up on sugar.
 
2013-03-31 01:17:47 PM
We know how these stories end:

ijustforgot.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-03-31 01:24:13 PM
Porkey.clyde: 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.

For telling the truth?

I'm not hating on anyone.  Do what you want.  I just calling it like I see it.

Sorry if some don't like the way I say it but making sure your kid eats, dare I say it...correctly, will give you a healthier and happier kid.
 
2013-03-31 02:43:17 PM

luxup: Porkey.clyde: 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.

For telling the truth?

I'm not hating on anyone.  Do what you want.  I just calling it like I see it.

Sorry if some don't like the way I say it but making sure your kid eats, dare I say it...correctly, will give you a healthier and happier kid.


What truth?  Not all people who eat junk have a lot of medical issues and not all that eat healthy only are the picture of great health.  Being overly judgmental does not go in hand with good mental health.

We didn't bother with baskets or other pompon stance, but we did give them some candy and bought a huge bag of bird seed so they can set up the feeders now that the weather is warm enough for the birds to return.  A real treat for my daughter who has her own feeder outside her window.

/Esterlambe
 
2013-03-31 02:44:18 PM
"Sad" tag...?

So after the onslaught that is Halloween trick-or-treating (provided you do it right - hit the townhouses & duplexes, kids!  Less footwork for higher gain!) which can yield upwards of a 3-month supply (+ whatever was leftover that your folks bought to hand out), followed by Thanksgiving desserts (if you're American - for us Canucks, October's the double-whammy), then Christmas stockings/desserts/boxes of chocolates received as gifts, THEN Valentine's day with their cinnamon hearts & white chocolate...you have a problem with less/no candy for Easter?
 
2013-03-31 03:09:12 PM
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How is stating the truth overly judgmental?

What, so ALL people who eat junk food have to have medical issues and ALL people who eat healthy need to be in perfect health?  Of course it's a lot easier to join a fight than to pick a side, but if that is your criteria for believing in something then you must be on the fence about a lot of issues?

What I am saying is that if you eat enough junk then you will have many more medical issues than someone who eats correctly.

I can say that as confidently as I can say that if you go to Vegas and enter a casino with $1000 you will come out with less than $1000.  Unless of course you think that EVERYONE has to walk out with less money for that statement to have any real meaning?

What I am saying is not new.  This is not ground breaking.   Proper amount of calories, portion control, paying attention to what you eat and not stuffing your face just because everyone around you is, is a proven formula and you know what?  It's hard work.

Food is just one of those things that most people don't pay proper attention to.  That's not being overly judgmental, it's just stating a fact.  Don't believe me?  Then I dare you to do something I bet you, like most people, don't do...pay attention to what is around you.

When you go out just try and pay attention to what the people around you are eating and see if you can spot a correlation to what you perceive their health to be.
 
2013-03-31 03:22:58 PM
I don't see anything sad about what these parents are doing (unless you own Cadbury). My parents started doing the same type of thing when I was about ten or so. Less candy and more comic books and plastic models.
 
2013-03-31 05:05:18 PM

radiobiz: 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.


Careful with the scooter thing, Dad.  When he turns nine kick-scooter cost can spiral out of control: http://compare.ebay.com/like/200770639489?var=lv&ltyp=AllFixedPriceIt e mTypes&var=sbar&_lwgsi=y&cbt=y
 
2013-03-31 05:12:45 PM
In 1998, my stepdad got an N64 before Easter, and set it up for us to find in the middle of the table with a controller and a game in each of our baskets. We didn't care for a second that there was nothing chocolatey to find.

It was the best Easter ever.
 
2013-03-31 05:56:27 PM

gadian: 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.


Hey don't worry about it. I'm a single parent too. It's more than enough just to give them an easter egg. Mainly because all the other kids get easter eggs. Anything more than that is really just a bit silly anyway. Some families seem to have easter traditions of easter egg hunts but far from all of them. You're right it only makes sense with a big family and usually when they do go on they are some kind of group effort. All that business about easter baskets and hats just makes me feel tired. It all comes so soon after christmas as well. If you're up for it it's a good excuse to have a good meal but to be honest I never even manage to organise that.
 
2013-03-31 07:26:54 PM
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2013-03-31 09:31:42 PM

kiwimoogle84: In 1998, my stepdad got an N64 before Easter, and set it up for us to find in the middle of the table with a controller and a game in each of our baskets. We didn't care for a second that there was nothing chocolatey to find.

It was the best Easter ever.


Your step-dad sounds more awesome than my dad, and my dad is pretty damn awesome. He just had terrible taste in consoles (TI-99 FTL)
 
2013-04-01 12:59:23 PM
As a parent of a 2 year old, to me, the problem with Easter candy is that it that is comes around just as you finally managed to get rid of all the Christmas candy. Easter comes along just in time to ruin everyone's diet once again.
 
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