And no, I don’t mean of the alcoholic kind, rather the chocolate hangover that effects both children and adults alike.
For one day we over-indulge in this sweet treat in a way that we wouldn’t on any other day of the year. I don’t mean that you haven’t eaten any easter eggs in the lead-up to the big day, because of course we all have; the service station eggs on sale, the wee treat that we allow ourselves as we finish up at the supermarket, the parcel from the grandparents with some goodies for the kids. We have all had some chocolate … however not in the quantities that we allow ourselves on Easter, and we have certainly not allowed our children to eat chocolate before breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, and any time in between.
And everyone is really well behaved. The enticement of another egg treat, the novelty of the occasion and the fact that the parents are happily chowing down on chocolate too. But it doesn’t last, and the next day, there is still chocolate lying around, there is less tolerance by the parents to the hyped-up-chocolate-filled children. There is some guilt by the parents for their own over-indulgence, and the urgent need to want to exercise it off or deny themselves the next day to compensate.
Here’s my tip:
Relax. It is normal for that sticky sweet hangover of bad mood, grumpiness, and hyped children. It is normal that it will take a couple of days to get things back to normal and on track. It’ll happen, whether you yell and scream about it or if you relax and pull just a few things in at a time, or even if you do nothing extra. In a couple of days it’ll be over, it’ll be fine, you just need to decide how you, as the adult, are going to act in the next couple of days. Making the decision on how you want to act will relax you, knowing that it’ll be another year before the next Easter binge should calm you …..
….and my big tip – if there are any Easter eggs still sitting out uneaten? Put them away in a cupboard. It’ll make the transition so much easier.