Easter Sunday has become more and more like Christmas in every passing year since I was a child. Even if you aren’t a practising Christian, chances are you have spent this evening setting out gifts from the Easter bunny. This year, we’re trying something new and using the holiday as an opportunity to connect with our kids and boost their self-esteem.
What, no chocolate!?
Don’t be silly! Of course, there will be chocolate (what else am I going to eat when the kids have gone to bed?). We’ve never done the whole Easter bunny thing but it’s still nice for the children to wake up to a nice surprise.
This year, however, we’ve decided to do something a little extra. We were given some lovely personalized Easter egg containers filled with little plastic hollow eggs for an egg hunt by Margo’s Prints. The plan was to fill the little eggs with sweets but the idea of three sugar-high children was too much to handle (not to mention how unhealthy this whole holiday is!).
A chance to reconnect
I have been thinking lately how little time we spend focusing on all the wonderful things about our children. We often get bogged down with the humdrum of daily life (and let’s face it, kids can be TOUGH!). As a mother who struggled with mental illness after my babies were born, I love to find little ways to reconnect with them and build on our relationships.
We decided instead to write down little notes of all the things we love them for and put those in their eggs instead. When they wake up on Easter Sunday morning (and get over the initial excitement of chocolate for breakfast!) the plan is to sit down with each in turn and open the eggs and read through the notes together.
As well as helping them to recognize all their great qualities and boost their self-esteem, it’s also a chance to spend some one-on-one time with each. With three children it’s almost impossible to carve out individual time for each of them so this will be some special time that they each get to focus on how great they are as individuals and that to me is worth more than any amount of sweets in the world.
I hope you all have a lovely Easter and hope you all get to spend some time connecting with your families, connecting and enjoying each other.