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Things to Give Up for Lent

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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.

Giving things up for Lent, totally makes sense to them after the wild party of Mardi Gras or the face stuffing gluttony of Pancake Day.

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.
If you want to give it a go here’s 30 ideas for things the whole family can give up for Lent.
Or if you’ve got other ideas on keeping Lent do link them up at the bottom of the post ..

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

  1. Chocolate
  2. Sweets
  3. Cakes & Desserts
  4. Cookies
  5. Sodas
  6. Fast Food
  7. Take Aways
  8. Ready Meals
  9. Meat
  10. Chips / Crisps
  11. Salt on table & added to food
  12. Ice Cream
  13. Pizza
  14. Caffeine
  15. TV
  16. Computer Games
  17. The Car
  18. Magazines, Comics & Newspapers
  19. Paid for Trips
  20. Non-Essential Spend
  21. Toys
  22. Arguments
  23. Shouting
  24. Late Nights
  25. Messiness
  26. Texting
  27. Twitter
  28. Facebook
  29. Pinterest
  30. Cell Phone

Good luck with your efforts for Lent. Don’t forget to check out our Mardi Gras Activities for Kids post and our 100 Pancakes Toppings post for more inspiration. 


Friday 21st of February 2014

What a great list!! I have also heard of families that try to do something for someone else every day of Lent. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

Alice Emma Thompson

Saturday 22nd of February 2014

What a lovely idea Carrie

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Monday 17th of February 2014

Great list - Thanks for linking up with the Parenting Pin It Party this week.

Claire @ A Little Claireification

Saturday 15th of February 2014

Wonderful list and it gets us thinking, for sure. Thanks so much for sharing at our Best Of The Weekend party! Pinning this to our party board. Have a great weekend! xo

Angie Church

Saturday 15th of February 2014

they all sound like good ideas great things to give upcome see us at

Annette W

Saturday 15th of February 2014

:) What are take aways?

Nice, long list! Thanks for joining the WWDParty. Please link to us somewhere on your blog or in the actual posts.