It’s Easter time, the time of year where a white bunny with loads of chocolate appears and also a time where many families celebrate the religious meaning as well. It’s something my Dad knows a lot about, having been the minister at St Pauls Church on Macalister Street for years. But a word of warning from experience, please don’t mix the two. Do not take your chocolate Easter eggs into Church and start munching during the sermon; it’s apparently not appreciated!

With Easter also comes the first school holidays of the year. A chance for families to recharge their batteries after a very fast start to 2018. A great chance to reconnect with your kids if the day to day back to school and work routine craziness has gotten in the way.

I have a few ideas that could help, obviously weather dependent though, remembering that this time last year was when Tropical Cyclone Debbie came to say hello to us all. But if the weather is good, my suggestion would be to get the kids out of the house and out and about exploring. Hit the road, take a drivew up to the Pioneer Valley and find a creek to go swimming in, or take a drive up to Eungella and check out the views from all the amazing vantage points up there. Walk through the rainforests and get in touch with nature.

Take along notepads and pencils and encourage your kids to draw the things they see, or if they are smaller, you could help them to do some nature tracing. Collect fallen leaves and make a cool collage out of them all when you get back home. Get crafty, and the kids will love you for it.

Getting out and about will also help you with the negative impact that Easter can have on you and the family’s waistline with all that chocolate! You might want to try and find those eggs with a 100 per cent fat-free label on them. I haven’t found one as yet after nearly 50 years of searching, but I’m sure they are out there somewhere.

Whatever you decide to do, I hope you have a great Easter and enjoy the time with your kids – connecting, talking to and interacting with them. Give them your time so they can become great people and leaders for our next generation.


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