What an awesome Easter weekend it was in Portland, with two straight rain-free days!! Easter is one of my favorite holidays, both for what it symbolizes and for the festivities that surround it. Naturally, we celebrated all weekend long. We kicked things off on Friday with a pizza dinner and trip to Baskin Robbins afterward for a special treat.
I had boiled 5 dozen eggs the night before (European family. Don't ask), so as soon as we got home from our ice cream date we dove into the project of dyeing them all. Lucky for Brandon and I, Avery was happy to take on all the egg-dyeing labor, so we got to just sit back and watch the magic happen. HA!! Just kidding. We spent the whole time trying to avert egg breaking, dye-spilling, and color mixing disasters. Truth be told, Avery did an amazing job being careful with the eggs and doing things just as we asked for a chance to participate in the action.
Saturday and Sunday were filled with Easter activities too. Between the two days, we ended up doing FOUR Easter egg hunts. This meant lots of time spent with family and friends, which couldn't have been more perfect. It also meant that we were swimming in sweet treats all weekend long, which brought up the same issue that rears its head every single holiday, birthday, and special occasion when you're a parent: the sugar dilemma.
Kids and sugar - what hot topic. Brandon and I have had lots of discussions about how to deal with the sugar issue in our family, and quite honestly we're still working on nailing down a good system. We definitely want to limit the amount of sugar we give to Avery for obvious nutritional reasons. On the other hand, we don't want to ban it altogether and accidentally create a sweets-starved candy addict later in life. So like with everything else, we're trying to find a balance.
Our pediatric dentist gave us some great advice recently about sugar, which we're trying to adopt especially during holiday times like this past Easter weekend. He said: "If Avery goes to a birthday party or there is a special occasion, let her have ALL the candy and sweets she wants, but just for that one day. After that, get rid of it all." He was speaking purely from a dental hygiene perspective, but his advice made sense to us in the grand scheme of things too.
This past Sunday, Avery went to town on SO MUCH CANDY. Like, a cringe-worthy amount. But today, all the candy was gone and we resumed our normal healthy eating habits. And to my surprise, Avery actually understood when I told her she couldn't have candy today since she ate so much yesterday. It ended up being a fairly easy line to draw, and we're hoping that this system will help us as parents to be more consistent in our stance on sugar.
How does your family handle the sugar dilemma?
I’m Betty and I live in the beautiful pacific northwest. I'm a mommy. Vegetarian. Wife to a meatatarian. Pediatric physical therapist. Outdoor enthusiast. Enjoyer of fitness/healthy living. Even bigger enjoyer wine and chocolate lava cake. And hoping to find some balance between it all.