Whose Egg Hunt is it Anyway, The Kids or the Parents?Emily McClements
Our city’s annual Easter egg hunt is this Saturday, and we are really looking forward to taking our kids. We went last year and they had a great time, but I think they’ll enjoy it even more this year, being another year older and really able to understand what is going on — especially my 2 1/2 year old son. As soon as he learns there is candy inside the eggs, he’s going to be all over it!
The way our city sets up the egg hunt is nice, because they do it by age group. That way you don’t have to worry about some 12-year-old swiping eggs out from underneath your toddler. But maybe who I really need to be worried about is the parents of the other kids. Parents who want to make sure that their kids gets the most eggs they possibly can.
An annual Easter egg hunt in Colorado Springs, CO, was cancelled this year because parents were too “aggressive” last year. According to Fox News, so many parents jumped over ropes and entered into what was supposed to be a kids only section to make sure their kids got as many eggs as possible, that it ended up ruining it for everyone. What happened was that some kids — whose parents, I’m guessing, actually followed the rules — ended up with no eggs at all.
And, of course, the parents of the kids who didn’t get any eggs were not at all happy with the other parents’ childish behavior. I can’t blame them.
All I can do is shake my head. What an example of helicopter parenting at it’s finest (or really, worst). How do some parents become so concerned about their kids “getting the most” that they will hunt Easter eggs for them, to the point that some little kids don’t get any at all?! And how is that even fun for their own kids, if they weren’t even able to get the eggs themselves?
I mean really, if your kid doesn’t end up with that many eggs on their own, just wait a week, and buy them their very own bag of 50 percent off Easter candy. Sheesh.
I feel sorry for the kids in that town who don’t get to have an Easter egg hunt this year because some of the parents ruined it for them. And I really hope that I don’t have to deal with that experience this weekend with my own kids.
Do you take your kids to your town’s Easter egg hunt? Do the parents behave themselves, or act worse than the kids?