How would you react if your child’s school cancelled this tradition?
My daughter’s school has banned Easter eggs this year. It was a widely consulted decision between the school and the P&C. There were not many who were against the ban, in fact most have been asking for a ban for years.
No Easter eggs to be consumed at school. No Easter eggs to be given as gifts. No Easter eggs to be snuck into pockets and silently sucked during maths. No Easter eggs at all.
Sad isn’t it?
Are you surprised that I feel that? I am a teeny tiny minority vote who believes that yet again the fun police are out. Once again the fun police are interfering in decisions that parents should able to make for their children. Once again the fun police are destroying an innocent part of childhood. And that is sad.
I can see their arguments. Children these days do consume more sugar than they should and I can see that as a parent you can feel out of control when your child is in the playground being given treats over which you have no control.
I can see how parents see junk food thrust at our children at every available occasion, jelly snakes after soccer, jelly beans at the doctor, lolly bags after parties, an ice block for a sore knee at pre school.
And that as they approach Easter - a time associated, at least for the less religious of us, completely and totally with chocolate parents lose their heads, and make the ridiculous decision to ban Easter eggs at school.
The fact is that the Easter eggs our children are consuming are less than 5 grams in size. They are such teeny tiny innocent little packages of happiness and sweetness it seems almost nasty to ban them.
It's a sweet tradition among the kids that they give their friends an Easter egg in the lead up to the long weekend. Yes, maybe it has started a little early this year and yes, maybe if your child has 25 kids in their class that means they get 25 Easter eggs but you know what ... here is a hot tip which if you wish you can feel free to pass on to your kids......
They don't actually have to eat them all. Really.