Why I Won’t Tell My Son About The Easter Bunny.

I was so excited to figure out plans for Ezra’s first Easter! I want all his holidays to be important and memorable. Obviously, at ten months old, he won’t remember all these festivities, but that’s why we have cameras! Besides, he still has a great time in the moment!

My Dad lives in the country, which I love because it’s a great getaway for Ezra & I. Also, when holidays come around, their events tend to be more spectacular in my opinion. Who doesn’t love clear air and big (usually free) events?

Friday Evening

So Friday we headed out to his place. The Easter Family Fun Day wasn’t until the next morning, so we just had some down time and dyed some Easter eggs. I wanted to put the hard boiled eggs in a whisk for Ezra to help dip, but I forgot it… So Ezra just had to watch. It was nice to feel like a kid again. We mostly took it easy because Bubble was getting over an ear infection and upper respiratory infection. I wanted him to get as much rest as he could.

We also went our into the yard and played with some dandelions. Ezra loved that, we don’t see much yard where we live, unless we’re at the park.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Later on, we winded down with some books and Ezra fell asleep in quite an interesting manner..

Saturday Morning

My Dad is always up first. Then I groggily followed (I felt a sickness coming on). I always enjoy that part of the day I’m awake before Bubble, because I don’t feel on edge and can enjoy myself. I love waking him up and seeing his first smile of the day, but he needed his rest before the big day. Bubble woke up and had a surprise on the table!

My Easter Beliefs

Alright, so I didn’t want Ezra to have two Easter baskets, it just sort of happened because of the size of the items I gave him. I obviously didn’t put any candy in there. I really hope I stick to that, because I don’t want holidays to be an excuse for overload on candy. There isn’t really a logical reason to me. Also, I absolutely despise the freaking Easter bunny costumes. I will never have Bubble’s picture taken with him, unless he is older and begs me to. I’m not going to tell my son that the “Easter bunny” brought him a basket because I think that is just silly, and doesn’t relate to the holiday at all. Growing up, I had no idea Easter was religious at all, I just thought of bunnies and baskets. I know it’s all in how you raise your kid, but I just don’t want to deal with an Easter Bunny mess.

Before you think I’m the mom who won’t “lie to her kid”, I am okay with and will tell Ezra about Santa Claus. However, I will explain he is the spirit of Christmas, rather than an actual person. I’m not trying to take fun out of holidays for my son, but I just think fun shouldn’t mean the child not knowing what the holiday is really about, and celebrating it in the wrong ways.

Also, I am “slightly” religious. My dad was raised very catholic, and switched over to Christianity. He has so much knowledge that he is passing onto Ezra and myself that I am so grateful for. I believe in higher power and afterlife. We didn’t make it to a service that weekend because of illness, but I wish we could have. While we were at my Dad’s, he told Ezra the meaning of Easter and why it is important. Ezra loves to listen to anything his Grandpa tells him. He doesn’t understand the story of course now, but it’s a good tradition to get into.

So when we went to this Easter Fun Day, there was a giant Easter Bunny there who I desperately avoided the whole time. I told my Dad if he tried to come talk to Ezra, I might have punched him in the face. (Just kidding because that’s bad parenting, hahaha….. But I might have). We went to have some free pancakes and sausage first. Of course, I let Ezra try some (he wasn’t really digging it). I really wanted him to participate in the egg hunt, but I didn’t want other parents thinking I was cheating with me holding him because he can’t walk. So after breakfast, we just headed for the petting zoo.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Ezra LOVES animals, pretty much any animal. So far. I’m not going to experiment and try to terrify him with spiders and such. The donkey was his favorite. I’m not really sure why. But look at that mesmerized face! They also had chickens, a horse, a rabbit. These two were his favorite though. After the petting zoo, we stood in line for the horse drawn carriage ride. I got a video of that, but no pictures, sorry.

I think Ezra was more mesmerized by the decorations in the carriage than the horse pulling it, hahahaha. We also gave face painting a go, but that didn’t last very long. I think if he wasn’t sick it would have worked. She tried to paint on his forehead so there would be less chance of Ezra grabbing the paintbrush.

She got the egg shape, and after that, he started getting upset, so no more face paint! My child will just have a random green circle on his forehead! Hey, whatever floats this kids boat.

I’d say we had a pretty fun and successful Easter. Bubble totally had fun and got to see some new and exciting things.

What are you Easter beliefs? What did your family do?

Xoxo

 

22 Comments

  1. Beth

    April 19, 2017 at 11:41 am

    This is a really interesting perspective! I saw a video the other day with a toddler getting really confused about the Easter bunny and what the relevance to Jesus was. It was funny, but actually you make such a valid point! x

  2. luca

    April 19, 2017 at 10:38 pm

    love that you are doing what feels right to you!! mama knows best

  3. Robin Rue

    April 23, 2017 at 10:43 pm

    Only you know what is right for you. We do the Easter Bunny in our house, but it’s more so my kids don’t feel like outcasts in school being the only ones that the Easter Bunny doesn’t come see.

  4. Amber

    April 24, 2017 at 8:25 am

    We’re all about the Easter Bunny in our house, but I get that others don’t do the same things. And that’s totally okay! We’re not religious though.

  5. Jay Colby

    April 24, 2017 at 11:25 am

    This was an insightful article that explains why you don’t tell your son about the Easter Bunny. In my opinion I feel like when you’re a parent you have to do what you believe in is right. So in the end if it works for you & your family then that’s all that matters.

  6. Jessica Taylor

    April 24, 2017 at 11:33 am

    We do Easter Bunny things in our home! But I definitely understand your point of view. I just think its fun to do while the kids are still young.

  7. Payastyle

    April 24, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    You are so right with not giving him tons of candies, I feel like Easter is mostly about egg haunt and chocolate bunnies! I mean egg haunt is fun and I like the idea, but I think bunnies eat carrot not chocolate 😉

  8. Elizabeth O.

    April 24, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    It’s akways so much better to start your own traditions with your kids. It’s okay that you decided not to tell Ezra about the Easter bunny. I’m glad you both had a great Easter!

  9. Amanda Love

    April 24, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    I try not to mix too much candy into the kids’ Easter basket too. Joining the Easter egg hunt has always been one of the things we do on Easter.

  10. Carol Cassara

    April 24, 2017 at 8:14 pm

    That’s pretty cool. It looks like you had a good and fun Easter. It’s good to join events on holidays, you don’t have to prepare a lot and you won’t tire youself out.

  11. toastycritic

    April 24, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    Thats very cute that your dad is your teaching your son all of those things about the meaning of the holidays. And I hear where you are coming from about trying to be honest with your child.

  12. Ana De-Jesus

    April 25, 2017 at 5:28 am

    Erza sounds like a great little man listening to his grandad and absorbing all his knowledge. Its interesting to see how different people celebrate Easter x

  13. Kim

    April 25, 2017 at 5:49 am

    You certainly made valuable points! We tend to get caught up in the candy side.. I like to also celebrate Easter for the spiritual meaning since I am religious.

  14. Hannah Marie

    April 25, 2017 at 7:10 am

    We do not do Easter bunny but we try to do the easter egg hunt with my niece. There are different beliefs and traditions, better stick to what you know is right 🙂

  15. Amila Wickramarachchi

    April 25, 2017 at 11:55 am

    This post is inspiring.It’s good to see how you think about these celebrations.Your little kid must be happy with this festive customs!

  16. duffelbagspouse

    April 25, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    W also chose to not teach about the Easter Bunny or Santa, We instead let them know their parents worked hard to provide everything they received.

  17. Whitney

    April 25, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    My family is Baptist and we don’t encourage the Easter bunny either. My kids are old enough to understand that we may attend Easter events, but we believe in the resurrection of Jesus. Great posts.

  18. Ana Ojha

    April 25, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    I’m sure your little man had a good time! The spirit of any festival is more important than following conventional old rituals!

  19. Blair Villanueva

    April 26, 2017 at 8:52 am

    Yeah not all Moms allow their kids to believe in fantasy and thats okay. You are a realist. At least he likes the decorations.

  20. Mommy Engineering

    April 26, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    You know I never bothered to tell my kids about the Easter bunny.. but they’re still young and haven’t really asked many questions. I love your insight on this and I could totally respect that!

  21. MUD By Shaun

    April 26, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    I like that you choose to stick to what you want for your child. I agree that we do not have to conform to society all the time. Congrats!

  22. Otilia

    April 27, 2017 at 9:05 am

    You are very right! My girls found out about the Easter bunny from friends…and than,…when i said,…hm…that is not true they questioned Santa so…I just went with it as i still want them to believe in Santa.

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