Important Easter Tips for Young Moms

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Dear Young Moms,

Flickr-common-photo-1950-Easter-bonnetCongratulations and welcome to the club! Easter is a great time of year. It’s an important religious holiday, you get to dress up your kids in adorable outfits (enjoy this while you can), and there is candy.

If this is your first Easter as a mother, please allow me to share my twenty year’s of parenting experience with you. This is hard-won experience, gained from tears (mine) and disappointment (also mine).

Take Time to Make the Season Special.

Your kids won’t remember much of what you do for them while they are little. It’s better to focus on one special thing than to stress too much over a dozen.

Dye eggs, OR make a cake shaped like a bunny, OR plan an Easter egg hunt. Pinterest has great ideas for any of these things. Pick one and really enjoy it. Set your expectations low and just don’t expect the kids to be as excited as you. They may be, but that is an unexpected bonus.

Take Pictures.

Cookeville, TN. "Nick & Alex Blackstock June 1995"You newbies have a real advantage, what with your Insta-phone iGrams.

When my kids were babies, I had to use a camera with film, like a savage. Then I had to not overexpose the film and pay to have it developed. And then pick it up, sort out the bad pictures, and mail duplicated pictures to my mother and mother-in-law. I probably still have an envelope of photos waiting to be sorted.

I know you hate hearing this, but it is absolutely true: this time will be gone before you know it. What’s to come is good, but it’s not the same. Capture as much of this sweet time as you can so you’ll have something to look at and cry over when they are 15 and not talking to you.

Get the Good Candy.

Hershey-easter-basketYour own mother may have taught you this important fact: you get to take some of the kids’ candy and call it the Mommy Tax. The Mommy tax is the greatest thing ever. It also is in effect for any candy-getting occasion from Halloween to Christmas.

This is back-pay for gestation and birth. And stretch marks. Don’t you dare feel guilty about skimming some off the top. You are teaching the important lessons about sharing, taxation and who’s in charge.

So, because of the Mommy Tax, don’t cheap out and get bad candy. I remember buying a candy bunny and not noticing it was “chawklet”, some strange combination of sugar, wax and…brown.

We just got the cutest Easter basket full of the good stuff from Hershey’s. I visited their booth at the BlissDom blog conference in late February. They were promoting their Hershey’s Bunny Trail, a collection of Easter hints and tips from bloggers.

Check it out at I especially liked reading about traditional Polish egg decoration, Pisanki, at Tania’s blog, Midnight Blue Says.

Thanks to Hershey for the beautiful basket of treats. I’ve already extracted my share. It is tax season!

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