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Easter Tips For Happy Kids

Published March 29, 2013 9:26 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling
Anyone with young children knows that the holidays can sometimes be very overwhelming for little ones. Add in the fact that a child has special needs or is a very picky eater and the day can be a complete nightmare.

Here are some fresh ideas for getting through the day that I hope you find helpful:

  • Have a Touchstone: If your little one has a favorite stuffed animal or blanket it may be worth bringing it along for car rides and maybe even to the home where you are visiting. Many children need to hold an item in their hand to feel grounded and secure. Allow them to have a personal favorite for a potentially stressful social event.
  • Review the Day Before it Happens: Talk to your little one about what will happen at your planned social event. Review the names of family members and talk about behavior, manners and what will be expected of them.
  • Limit Sugar and Junk Food: Having treats and dessert is a very fun part of any holiday, but don't let your little one do what I did at age 6 - ate so much chocolate at our family Easter party I ended up with a massive belly ache that night! Keep a limit on the sweets so they aren't overly hyper and physically sick by the end of the day.
  • Provide Activities: If Easter is at your home this year, be prepared with activities! Have an egg hunt, coloring books, crayons, stickers and bubbles to help occupy your children, nieces and nephews. Keep them busy in a positive way! If you are traveling, pack an activity bag that is mess-free for the ride and for your stay.
  • Put them to Work: If you are hosting, give your little one a special job or two. Maybe they can give everyone a napkin or help put coats away. Giving them a job will make them feel helpful and give opportunity for praise when they do a good job!
  • Maintain at Least a Loose Routine: Having guests over or visiting others all day can often lead to a major change in your child's routine, missed or shorten naptime and late nights. Try to keep these changes to a minimum. Put your children first - if they are really tired and overwhelmed, it may be best to keep your visit shorter and therefore sweeter. Even if others get upset, they are adults and need to understand. Your children are just that - children. Caring for them needs to be top priority.

I have written posts on this topic before and I have provided the links to those posts below:

Wishing Everyone a Happy and Peaceful Passover and Easter Season!   


Great advice.  I would think about doing the review of the event the day before - anticipation will keep your child from sleeping.  For my son, I was better off by reviewing the day at the beginning of the day, so he didn't have to wait for the fun to start.  I also scheduled quiet time to watch a movie, so the strenuous activities were broken up.

Lisa April 14, 2014 8:07 PM

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    Stephanie Bruno Dowling, M.S. CCC-SLP
    Occupation: Speech-Language Pathologist
    Setting: Early Intervention in Delaware County, PA
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