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Question: How can I stop my two-year-old from getting too many Easter eggs for Easter ?

Doctor Woolfson's Answer:

It’s not easy managing your two-year-old’s Easter treats when there are so many friends and relatives who want to give her a gift at this time of the year. You don’t want her to be spoiled with toys or sweets, but neither do you want her to miss out. Do your best to strike a balance.

When it comes to Easter eggs, decide now how many your toddler is allowed over Easter, and stick exactly to that number. Resist any temptation tot buy her any more than that and give them to her in small amounts, spread out over the period. In addition, you could ask friends and relatives not to buy her Easter eggs but instead buy her a toy for Easter – that would keep everybody happy. There are lots of toys for this age group than cost no more than a chocolate Easter egg, and they will last longer! And if you have, say, grandparents who especially want to buy your toddler an Easter egg, you can let them give her one of the ones that you had planned to give; that way the number remains the same.

If you find that despite your best efforts, the Easter treats become too much, you could also consider encouraging your two-year-old’s sense of caring for others by taking her with you to donate any excess gifts to your local children’s hospital.