Would you swap your children’s advent calendar chocolates for VITAMINS? Parents are labelled ‘geniuses’ for replacing youngsters’ sweet treats with healthy supplements
- Nick and Sarah Thomas, from Southampton, tamper with kids’ advent calendars
- The couple were worried that their children were consuming too much sugar
- Instead of chocolate, their five-year-old and two-year-old have multivitamins
- Couple admit the youngsters ‘haven’t’ realised’ other children get chocolate
A pair of parents have been hailed as ‘geniuses’ for swapping the chocolate in their children’s advent calendar for chewy multivitamins.
Nick and Sarah Thomas, from Southampton, were worried about their daughter snacking on chocolate everyday so decided to replace the sweet treats with healthy supplements.
As a result, five-year-old India and her brother Jesse, two, now think that it is normal to find ‘vitamin sweets’ in their Christmas countdown – and do not yet realise that other children receive chocolate.
In fact, the kids get so excited about opening their daily treat, they wake up Nick, 32 and Sarah, 33, early to open it.
Hoodwinked: Five-year-old India and her brother Jesse, two, think that it is normal to find ‘vitamin sweets’ in their advent calendar – and do not realise other children get chocolate
Nick and Sarah Thomas (pictured with India and Jesse) were worried about their daughter snacking on chocolate everyday so decided to replace the treats for mulitvitamins
The crafty couple even have to hide their own advent calendars, bought by relatives, so as not to give the game away that most come with chocolate.
Sweet footage shows India opening up the Christmas tree-shaped calendar, as Jesse excitedly jumps around before handing over his multivitamin for Nick to unwrap.
It is the second year in a row that Nick and Sarah have been creative with their children’s advent calendars.
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And the changes don’t end with the treats – behind each door also lies a daily sticker and even a ‘hiding place’ for a luxurious item to donate to people in need.
Nick said: ‘It wasn’t a case of us trying to be strict with her. It was just one of those things where if she has loads [of chocolate] she can get a bit funny and over-excitable [because of the] sugar.
‘We didn’t want that to be a thing that she would end up having everyday because they’re so young and we need to be careful about their diet.
‘We don’t mind them having chocolate on occasion but every single day having chocolate would be bad. So we thought about something to do which would be slightly different.
The family’s advent calendar, which contains vitamins instead of chocolates. Behind each door also lies a daily sticker and even a ‘hiding place’ for a luxurious item to donate to people in need
Nick and Sarah with children Jesse and India. The crafty couple even have to hide their own advent calendars, bought by relatives, so as not to give the game away that most come with chocolate
‘[Outside of advent] we normally try and give them liquid vitamins each day. They’re okay with it but they don’t particularly get much joy out of taking it.
‘A friend had mentioned about these chewy multivitamins. I said to my wife, ‘why don’t we try them out during advent as a treat thing rather than chocolate?’
‘We were struggling to work out what to put in our Advent box each day and so yeah, we thought we’d try it out and it was one of those things where she was so excited, every morning.’
He added: ‘She knows it’s a vitamin but I don’t think she’s aware yet that other people tend to get chocolate. At some point she’s going to work that out.
‘A lot of my friends have young kids so I thought I might just share the idea out. My friends seem to think it’s hilarious and genius.
India opening her advent calendar. Dad Nick said: ‘I hope it equips them to realise there are choices in life and they will make good choices that will be right for them’
‘My sister told me I was harsh but that’s the kind of tongue-and-cheek relationship we have with each other where we have quite a lot of banter.
‘All the feedback has been very positive which is very encouraging and good.. I don’t know whether others may be inspired to do that themselves but it’s nice to see that positive feedback. Usually we’re not amazing at [remembering to] give them vitamins.
‘It’s one of those things where we try our best at it but the nice thing about Advent is that we’ll definitely do it every day, which is good. It is a good reminder for us.’
Nick, who is an assistant pastor, added: ‘One of our relatives has actually given us two chocolate advent calendars so it may be a situation that when the kids are in bed we’ll have to have ours.
‘It’s the typical kind of parents-being-hypocrites thing but it’s one of those slightly awkward things where we’ve been given it so what do we do?
Two-year-old Jesse opening his Christmas countdown. It is the second year in a row that Nick and Sarah have been creative with their children’s advent calendars
‘I guess we could let the kids have it as well as theirs but we wouldn’t be giving it to them every single day, that’s for sure. India is at that lovely age where every aspect of Christmas is exciting.
‘This week it’s the advent calendar which is exciting, and next week we’ll probably get the Christmas tree out, and then she’ll be wrapping presents and going to Christmas events.
‘I hope they take away the importance of not having to choose sweet things all the time just because other people do.
‘If they want to of course they can, but there are other creative ways of looking outside of the box and seeing an alternative way of doing something rather than just because everyone else does.
‘I hope it equips them to realise there are choices in life and they will make good choices that will be right for them.’
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