It's pretty magical watching your kids wake up on Easter morning and find that the Easter Bunny has come to your house and left them a fabulous Easter basket filled with toys and sweet treats. But as your kids start to get older and begin asking questions, you know the inevitable is going to happen. The magic will soon stop and your children begin to figure out it's not the Easter Bunny behind their surprises, it's you. So when this time comes, how will you tell your children the Easter Bunny doesn't exist?
Even though we teach our kids that lying is bad and they should always tell the truth, we also know that stories of the Easter Bunny are all part of making their childhood a phenomenal time in their life. When they start to question the validity of the Easter Bunny, your first response will probably be to reassure them it's real, because the idea of our kids growing up and not believing is sad. But we know it's a time that will come soon enough.
So if you're child is starting to ask questions and is looking to you for answers, here are five ways to start the conversation and tell your little ones that you're the one leaving candy for them on Easter night.
1. Ask A Question
When your kids start questioning the Easter Bunny's existence, ask your child, "What do you think?" They may still believe in the Easter Bunny magic and want a little reassurance. But if they are persistent, then they may already know the truth and just want to hear confirmation from you.
2. Say A Little White Lie
If you think your child still believes, then go ahead and hold on to that belief and tell a few half-truths. Tell them the Easter Bunny at the mall isn't real, but needed so the real bunny can make all the baskets.
3. Be Honest
If it's clear your child knows the Easter Bunny isn't real, then be honest. Sure it's sad for you as a parent, and you'd love them to keep believing. But when it's time to tell the truth, let them know the Easter Bunny was a wonderful way to enjoy this spring holiday, and you loved seeing their face every year when they saw their baskets.
4. Tell Them They're Part Of A Secret Club
If you have younger children that still believe, let your eldest child feel like they're now part of a secret club to keep the magic alive for others. Let them know they can help put the baskets together and plan Easter activities to keep the story alive for their siblings.
5. Explain The History Of The Bunny
Use this as a chance to share the history of the Easter bunny. Or, if you're religious, take the focus off the Bunny and use this as a chance to explain what Easter to your kids.