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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 17
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2013-03-31 01:31:02 AM  
4 votes:
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 01:48:22 AM  
3 votes:
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 01:28:32 AM  
3 votes:
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 07:41:39 AM  
2 votes:
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 03:28:36 AM  
2 votes:

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 03:25:34 AM  
2 votes:

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 05:12:45 PM  
1 votes:
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 12:28:37 PM  
1 votes:
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 11:46:55 AM  
1 votes:

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 11:39:07 AM  
1 votes:

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 10:16:46 AM  
1 votes:

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.
2013-03-31 08:26:34 AM  
1 votes:

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 07:58:55 AM  
1 votes:
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 07:55:36 AM  
1 votes:
When I was about 10, mom put a VHS of the Life of Brian in my Easter basket.
2013-03-31 07:20:50 AM  
1 votes:
I don't understand how Easter became Christmas re-loaded.

Oh wait...capitalism.
2013-03-31 07:20:19 AM  
1 votes:
He has risen!

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

2013-03-31 02:19:48 AM  
1 votes:
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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