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Easter Egg Hunt Parents Are The New Helicopter Parents

OK, parents. What is wrong with you? Why would you even think this is a good idea?

An annual Easter egg hunt in Colorado was canceled because too many of the same contestants got all the eggs, leaving many children without one at all.

And who were these rotten contestants?

That’s right: parents.

Congrats, you selfish eggstards, you just caused the whole event to be canceled because you didn’t want your precious child to be eggless.

Says one parent:

“You have all these eggs just lying around, and parents helping out. You better believe I’m going to help my kid get one of those eggs. I promised my kid an Easter egg hunt and I’d want to give him an even edge.”

Stuff like this just makes me so … annoyed. Although there are many reasons for this annoyance, here’s just a few:

1. It’s not bad that your kid doesn’t get an egg. Let that be stated first. Yes, it’s possible. No, it won’t kill him or her. Yes, it’s sad. But you know, tough. Sometimes crap happens and protecting your kid from that at every opportunity is just setting her up for profound disappointment — or, perhaps, setting you up to always have to be there because your kid can’t deal with things without you.

2. By jumping in and making sure your kid gets an egg, you just made sure other kids didn’t get an egg. Does that seem fair to you? An adult taking eggs from children? It shouldn’t. I am totally down with the idea of kids not getting eggs because other kids got their first. That seems fair to me. It’s tough. But fair. But adults taking over? That does not seem fair.

3. What a lesson this is for kids, seeing aggressive parents not only giving their own kids an “edge” but acting in such a way that the whole thing ends up being canceled.

Is there something deeper going on here? One expert quoted in the article thinks so.

“They couldn’t resist getting over the rope to help their kids,” said Ron Alsop, a former Wall Street Journal reporter and author of “The Trophy Kids Grow Up,” which examines the “millennial children” generation.

“That’s the perfect metaphor for millennial children. They (parents) can’t stay out of their children’s lives. They don’t give their children enough chances to learn from hard knocks, mistakes.”
Look, I get it, I do. You don’t want your kid to go to an egg hunt and wind up eggless. It’s sad. There are tears. But I’m pretty sure the kid will get over it. And next year, she’ll move faster.

Mike Adamick writes at Cry It Out!
Photo: SF Chronicle story
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