Why mum decided Easter Bunny shouldn't visit her 'naughty' kids
TRACY Elizabeth took a novel approach to her children's bad behaviour these school holidays; she made sure the Easter Bunny didn't pay them a visit.
When Ms Elizabeth's three kids, aged between two and eight, woke up early on Easter Sunday excited to see what goods the bunny had delivered, all they found was a note.
It was a letter from the Easter bunny advising the children were on its "naughty list".
"Dear Holly, Jake and Zach, I am writing this letter to let you know that this year I have decided you are on my 'naughty list' and I'm not bringing you any Easter eggs or gifts because because I have been watching carefully and you have been very naughty," it read.
The Easter Bunny also warned he had phoned Santa and told him to "keep a close eye on you to see if your behaviour improves".
"Please behave for your mummy and remember, I am always watching," it ended followed by a signature from "the Easter Bunny".
Despite her children's tears at seeing a note and no chocolate, the Peregian Springs mum didn't cave in and dash out to the shops.
"I didn't give them anything," she said.
"In our house, we go all out each and every year. But this year they have been at each other.
"I'd been telling to stop or the 'Easter bunny is not coming'."
She was determined to follow through after "threatening all holiday".
"They're not bad kids," Ms Elizabeth said.
"But they must know are consequences for their actions."
Holly, the eldest child, was the first to discover the Easter Bunny had left his footprints and the note and then hopped off to another house without leaving chocolate eggs.
"Every year there are footprints which usually lead to presents from the Easter Bunny," Ms Elizabeth said.
Holly "cried and was sad and disappointed" when she discovered there really were no eggs.
Her son, Jake, six, was also "excited to see the footprints" the Bunny had left.
"His little face was in shock," when he realised there was no eggs.
"I read them the letter and explained how it happened," Ms Elizabeth said.
"They were disappointed, but by the time grandma came and game them an egg, they really appreciated the egg.
"They had a small egg hunt (from other family) and weren't traumatised by it."
Ms Elizabeth wasn't sure if it was because of the Easter Bunny, but her children "were good all day".
"They were happy all day after a couple of minutes of sadness and reflection," she said.
And then, that night, her daughter asked if she could write to the Bunny and apologise.
"I asked her how it made her feel (not getting eggs) and she said it made her 'feel sad'," Ms Elizabeth said.
"I explained if you are naughty, you can't get good rewards.
"She said she would like to say 'sorry for being naughty and hopefully I will be better next year'.
"We did that this morning (Easter Monday) and sent it off."
Ms Elizabeth hoped her actions would make a difference to her children's behaviour.
"I don't have a book to say how you go about raise children alone," the single mother said.
Her post on a Facebook community page also prompted lots of comments, both good and bad.
"The idea was to teach my children a valuable lesson, if I say something will happen then it does," she said.
"Raising children doesn't come with a manual. I just want them to be respectful human beings."