Warning: Easter Sugar Overload!

Sugar overload on Easter (and afterward) can cause temporary negative behavior spikes that can spell big trouble for parents and kids alike.

By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | March 18, 2015

Easter is coming – watch out for sugar overload!

Most parents try to limit sugar and candies their children consume and holidays can often wreck our endeavors. While one day will not make a child become obese, the sugars eaten that day (and afterward) can cause temporary negative behavior spikes that can spell big trouble for parents and kids. To me prevention is just as important for anger and abuse as it is for cavities and obesity. Here are a few things to think about in advance:

Give non-candy gifts:

Balls, Barrettes & hairpins, Beads, Books, Bubbles, Chalks for sidewalks & blackboards, Coloring books, Combs, Comic books, Crafts, Crayons, Glow-in-the-dark anything, Jacks & balls, Key chains, Legos, Lip balm & gloss, Movie theater tickets, Noise makers, Notepads, Party favors, Pens, Pencils & erasers, Pick-up sticks, Plastic coin holders, Plastic figures & animals, Plastic jewelry, Play-Doh , Puzzles, Stickers, Temporary tattoos, Toothbrushes, Toy cars, Travel size toiletries, Water color sets and so on.

Give non-sugar (added) treats:

Apples, Goldfish crackers, Pretzels, Raisins, String cheese, Sugarless gum and so on. Check the grocery store diabetic aisle for seasonal treats for children.

Keeping sugar away from children is not easy. During holidays guests and relatives tend to bring candy without even considering that parents may not want kids to have it and it is nearly impossible to take candy away once it has been seen by the child. Plan ahead and inform visitors of your wishes BEFORE they show up. Here’s how to put it diplomatically:

“Thank you so much, BUT since we treasure our time with you we are restricting candy to prevent negative behaviors.”

Even after parents have warned everyone, there may be grandparents or others who feel parents are making a big deal out of nothing and give candy to kids anyway so be prepared. If a sugar-rush outburst occurs, stay calm and try to remain objective… it is only one day in a child’s lifetime and use it as a learning experience for the future.

As with Halloween, there are many recipes for using up leftover candy near the end of the page on: Halloween Resources

Parents could also carefully measure out the amount of candy so kids enjoy it longer with lower behavior spikes. It can help parents to remember that the most important goal is to create a lasting pleasant memory as opposed to an unpleasant one.

ABOUT SUGAR in a nutshell: Our government has been subsidizing sugar production so manufacturers are encouraged to add it to many food items. As people became more sugar conscious, companies tinkered with the substance in order to disguise it from consumers under other names – and another and another and so on.

The 57 Names Of Sugar [So Far]

To economize on non-food items for Easter check out local dollar stores, discount stores, pharmacies and grocery stores as sources. There are also low-cost options online at these and other businesses:

Oriental Trading

Party City


Here are other helpful articles you may like:

16 Easter Basket Treats the Tooth Fairy Would Approve Of

How to Make a Low(er) Sugar Easter Basket

Treats low in sugar just as sweet for Easter baskets

Alternatives to Candy: 68 Easter treats to give instead of sugar-filled candies

Healthy Sugar-Free Easter Recipes Galore – Mostly Grain Free

Good luck with Easter and remember to learn for the next holidays that dot our calendar!


Fear not that life shall come to an end, but rather fear that it shall never have a beginning. ~John Henry Cardinal Newman

You will never find time for anything. If you want time you must make it. ~Charles Buxton

To change one’s life: Start immediately. Do it flamboyantly. No exceptions. ~William James

Don’t be fooled by the calendar. There are only as many days in the year as you make use of. ~Charles Richards

As you grow older, you’ll find the only things you regret are the things you didn’t do. ~Zachary Scott

Waiting for the fish to bite or waiting for wind to fly a kite. Or waiting around for Friday night or waiting perhaps for their Uncle Jake or a pot to boil or a better break or a string of pearls or a pair of pants or a wig with curls or another chance. Everyone is just waiting. ~Dr. Seuss

I’m less interested in why we’re here. I’m wholly devoted to while we’re here. ~Erika Harris

To always be intending to live a new life, but never find time to set about it — this is as if a man should put off eating and drinking from one day to another till he be starved and destroyed. ~Walter Scott

You live longer once you realize that any time spent being unhappy is wasted. ~Ruth E. Renkl

Alas for those that never sing,
But die with all their music in them.
~Oliver Wendell Holmes, “The Voiceless”

Spend the afternoon. You can’t take it with you. ~Annie Dillard

Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today. ~James Dean

The important thing is not how many years in your life but how much life in your years. ~Edward J. Stieglitz

For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin — real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way. Something to be got through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life. ~Fr. Alfred D’Souza

I would I could stand on a busy corner, hat in hand, and beg people to throw me all their wasted hours. ~Bernard Berenson

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About Jackie Saulmon Ramirez

Jackie has volunteered for more than twenty years for children and family issues. Currently she writes for parents in the "Reminder" and "Parent Rap" Facebook page. If you are interested in receiving the "Reminder," send her a message.
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11 Responses to Warning: Easter Sugar Overload!

  1. yeseventhistoowillpass says:

    See’s candy eggs.. I gave those to my kids once… They bounced off the wall for hours followed by drama…

    Liked by 1 person

    • Jackie Saulmon Ramirez says:

      You are not kidding! School teachers can tell you what happens during the holidays at school – the children are out of their little minds! 😀 Ah yes, Drama with a capitol ‘D’!


  2. Gronda Morin says:

    Unfortunately, I already mailed the goodies to four children. Next year, I will use your suggestions.


    • Jackie Saulmon Ramirez says:

      That is alright. You are allowed since we are all human. 🙂 Keep that in mind for Halloween and other holidays, too. A little candy is okay. The key is moderation. 🙂

      PS: I’m in New Jersey now. 🙂


  3. As always, Jackie, a sensible, intelligent offering without being preachy or dull in the least.

    Big Hugs



  4. Good advise Jackie. Some younger parents (includes me, when I was younger LOL) are so stressed and in a hurry, they just don’t think about the later consequences of giving candy to their young ones.


    • Jackie Saulmon Ramirez says:

      We all want nothing more than to see our kids happy and that sometimes meant giving them candy. I once treated my daughter to a package of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups but little did I know that she would eat all 8 cups in one sitting! We all live and learn!

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