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Lent might not seem a child friendly time of year.
But I think we big time under estimate kids … even littlies … if we think they won’t “get” it.
Kids are actually really good at all the old rituals.
And they get that Easter Sunday will be much more joyful, after 40 days of “giving up”.
So, Lent is actually a great opportunity for the whole family to pull together in a common challenge AND totally reset the family’s habits and behaviour whilst you’re at it.
In 40 days, most new habits will become pretty sticky so all that great new behaviour won’t just go straight out of the window on Easter Monday.
And our body will naturally help us out because in the 40 days of Lent
- Our taste buds will regenerate so we can totally change the foods we prefer
- AND blood sugar levels can be reduced enough to break the sugar craving cycle
Obviously, you need to get everyone’s buy in but even that process is valuable, as it gets the whole family to think about what they would like to change in family life, whether it’s
- spending more real time together … i.e. minus TV, computers, phones etc
- being more healthy
- saving up money for something really important
- helping out others as a family etc.
Oh and don’t forget you do get a dispensation to celebrate St Patrick’s Day and if you’re a Brit eat huge quantities of cake on Mothering Sunday 🙂
30 Things to Give Up For Lent
- Cakes & Desserts
- Fast Food
- Take Aways
- Ready Meals
- Chips / Crisps
- Salt on table & added to food
- Ice Cream
- Computer Games
- The Car
- Magazines, Comics & Newspapers
- Paid for Trips
- Non-Essential Spend
- Late Nights
- Cell Phone