Easter is just around the corner. I know I already mentioned the amazing easter package that my mom sent, but I'm not done thinking about it yet.
When you do something like put your kids on a 'weird' diet, people aren't always supportive.
Lots of people we love don't understand and still offer our kids junk food -it's fine, they know how to say no. Some people say we're denying our kids a part of their childhoods. Other people say that it's a part of the world we live in and there's no sense fighting it. Some hopefully well-meaning people have even said that the only reason the boys react to junk food is because they never get it. If we would just let them eat like normal people, they'd get used to it. Everyone has an opinion, but they aren't the ones that live with the effects after the 'harmless' holiday treats.
My mom has been supportive from day one. She listens, encourages me, rejoices with me in the positive changes we've seen over the last year, and never doubts that I'm doing the very best for my kids that I can. And some time last month, instead of arguing that it's only once a year and that a Nana has a right to spoil her grandkids with treats, she went out and thoughtfully chose things that would make my kids squeal with delight, without including a single thing they couldn't eat. And she shipped it halfway across the world and got it here before Easter.
It's not really any harder or more expensive to make an easter basket without any junk food at all, it just takes a little time and thoughtfulness. I can't say that my mom has any more time than anyone else, but she sure has thoughtfulness down.
She included: two adorable easter plates, a charming Peter Rabbit book, rabbit window clings, a card, and two egg decorating kits that use paper stick-ons to decorate the eggs, instead of dye. The boys were thrilled, and didn't even think to ask about candy. They've used those plates for at least 2 meals a day since the box arrived, and will be just as excited to use them again next Easter. No bag of jelly beans or box of peeps could have that kind of staying power.
Now, I can't make a listicle with just five items, so here's five more ideas for additive-free easter basket treats: Easter stickers, a coloring book, small toys (toy cars and bouncy balls may not have anything to do with easter, but my sons wouldn't complain- you could even put them inside plastic eggs) hair clips, and if you're lucky enough to have some at your disposal: dye-free candy.
My boys are so fortunate to have such a thoughtful and generous Nana. Thanks again, Mom.