Swap chocolate for experiences this Easter
Looking for an alternative Easter gift idea for kids? One child psychologist suggests swapping Easter chocolate with experiences can a great way to strengthen parent-child relationships.
Dr Kimberley O’Brien, child psychologist at the Quirky Kids Clinic, says an experience can give a child something chocolate can’t deliver: quality time with loved ones.
- Get back to nature. Research suggests exercising outdoors has a positive effect on our physical and mental health. In Australia, there are many family-friendly outdoor experiences to choose from: bushwalking, bike riding, swimming at the beach, paddleboarding or if your child loves animals, a trip to a wildlife park.
- Do a fun project together. A project can be a great way to work with your child in a one-to-one scenario. If your child loves getting their hands dirty, try creating a vegetable patch or a science experiment together. If they’re creative, a craft or photography project might be more their cup of tea.
- Travel. Anywhere. Going away over the Easter break can be as elaborate as a trip to Fiji, or as simple as a few days at a local holiday spot. A camping trip can also be a great experience for the whole family, while travelling interstate can give kids an opportunity to see new places in their own country.
- See a live performance. If you want to give the kids an experience to remember, why not take them to a live show? Whether it’s the ballet, a monster truck rally, or a musical, seeing a live performance can be a great way to spend time together as a family.
- Get kids to choose their own Easter adventure. Children love to be included in the decision-making process. For one-on-one time, giving your child ‘Quality Time’ vouchers to redeem can be a fun gift idea, not to mention a great way to let them set the agenda for your time together.
- Get your relatives in on the act. Family and friends love to give kids chocolate as an Easter gift, which can result in a pantry bulging with sugar-laden, foil wrapped treats – and lots of temptation for the whole family. Instead, gently suggest that relatives treat your child to an experience instead. A trip to the park with grandma can be much more memorable than a chocolate bunny.
- Replace 'sometimes foods' with a different food experience. Who says kids only like eating junk food? Think outside the box and create a special Easter food-related experience for your child as an alternative to chocolate, whether it’s a family picnic, a fancy high tea, or an action-packed night of Japanese teppanyaki. Another simple but fun option is cooking something healthy but tasty together. Home baking not only provides precious one-on-one time; it’s also likely to be more nourishing than demolishing a packet of chocolate eggs. Why not check out these Easter themed ideas here.
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