How old is too old when it comes to kids and Easter baskets? According to Today, what’s what one mom wanted to know as the holiday approaches and she’s planning to make one for her teen son, but her husband told her not to bother because “he’s too old.” So Kara Cargill turned to Twitter to get more opinions on the matter, kicking off a debate with her tweet.
“My husband says my 15 and a half-year-old son is too old for an Easter basket,” the mom from South Carolina tweeted. “I still did one anyway. What are your thoughts?” Cargill didn’t expect her post to go viral, but it seems many have opinions on the holiday tradition. While some folks chimed in to say they think 15 is too old for an Easter basket, many say that while kids may outgrow egg hunts and the Easter bunny at a certain age, no one is too old for an Easter basket.
“My children are 41, 43, and 46…my wife still makes them a basket,” tweets one dad. “The funny thing is, they don’t want any expensive items in it…they want junk like when they were kids.”
“I made an Easter basket for my daughter till she moved out of state at age 30,” a mom writes. “She said recently how much she misses me making her a basket. It’s not an age thing. It’s a family thing.”
And experts agree. Dr. Candice Jones, a pediatrician in Orlando, says the best way to know whether you should make an Easter basket for your child is easy – just ask. She points out that these family traditions are fun and lots of kids look forward to them even as they get older, so “for us as parents and adults to make the determination that they’re too old may be a little unfair.”
Parenting expert Dr. Deborah Gilboa adds that kids may say no to an Easter basket or other childhood tradition to show they’re maturing, but may change their minds. She explains, “Sometimes kids just want to know that they are allowed to say ‘no,’ and then they go back to saying ‘yes,’” she explains.