If you’re thinking about getting your kid an Easter chick this month, don’t. Here are just a few reasons you should NOT get a live chick:
- Kids can inadvertently harm or kill these tiny, sweet creatures. That’s the most important reason to resist the urge to buy chicks for Easter.
- A live chick doesn’t stay cute and fuzzy forever; it grows up into a chicken. And then what will you do?
- Chicks also carry salmonella; in fact, several outbreaks of the disease were traced to chicks in the past few years.
- It is illegal to buy a chick in some states.
If your children ask for cute little Easter chicks, consider it an opportunity to teach them to be good stewards of animals and nature.
- Offer humane chick-related options, such as a wind-up toy chick.
- Or give your kids Easter coloring books and let them color a chick. In fact, here’s a free download of an Easter chick they can color: http://parenting.leehansen.com/downloads/coloring/easter/pages/easter-chick.htm
- Or ask them to draw one freehand. Wouldn’t it be fun to see how your kids interpret “baby chick?”
- Allow your children to eat Peeps just this once. I know: solid sugar. Disgusting. But once a year the sugar won’t kill them. It’s not like they aren’t going to eat other Easter candy.
There are still so many fun Easter traditions for kids, like coloring Easter eggs and egg hunts. Focus on those to make a happier Easter for the chicks, you and your kids.