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Diatribe: Easter Egg Hunt Cancelled Due To Aggressive Parents.

03/28/2012

When my brother, sister and I were very small, our parents would always give us wonderful holiday celebrations.  Both my mother and my father each had only one sibling of their own so our extended family was of a manageable size and everyone was usually included.  Easter was a favorite of mine.  Not only because the family would gather to color eggs and eat tacos on Good Friday but because on Easter Sunday, before we got ready to go to Sunday School and church, we would wake to learn that the Easter Bunny had hidden our colored eggs throughout the house.

Much like Christmas morning, we would search for the eggs and eventually find baskets filled with surprises for each of us.  Our Easter Egg Hunt was a wonderful tradition that the three of us have shared with the next generation.

Unfortunately, this year children in Colorado Springs won’t get to hunt for Easter eggs because organizers of an annual Easter Egg hunt, normally attended by hundreds of children, have cancelled this year’s event.  Apparently, a couple of technical difficulties last year resulted in overly aggressive parents jumping over ropes and exhibiting poor sportsmanship in an effort to assure that their child got a candy-filled plastic egg.  Organizers also stated that the event has outgrown its original purpose of a neighborhood gathering.

Parenting “experts” see the cancellation as a prime example of what they call “helicopter parents” — those who hover over their children and are involved in every aspect of their children’s lives — sports, school, and increasingly work — to make certain that they don’t fail, even at an Easter egg hunt.  Too bad for the kids that their parents’ misbehavior last year cancelled this year’s fun.

It’s no wonder that children appear to mature much more quickly than in generations past.  There is so much pressure on them to succeed.  Even before they’re born their names are often placed on waiting lists for exclusive day care centers.

I think an Easter Egg Hunt adds springtime joy to a somber holiday season and the children seem to enjoy them.  At our family’s most recent Easter Egg Hunt, we were able to have it outdoors which afforded many more hiding places for a clever Easter Bunny to conceal the colored eggs.  And the eggs weren’t all filled with candy this time … a few were filled with cash!

My most interesting Easter Egg Hunt memory should be a lesson to all first-time hosts … always count the number of colored eggs that you hide in your home and be certain that they are all accounted for at the end of the hunt lest you find an unsavory surprise in late May tucked behind a potted plant.

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12 Comments
  1. Wonderful post. Love the sentiment.

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  2. Rick permalink

    I’m amazed at parents & their involvement in their children’s lives. Sometimes you have to allow people to make mistakes & fail. It’s called a learning &/or growing opportunity. I’m thankful my parents allowed me to make mistakes & take responsibility for my actions.

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  3. anne marie in philly permalink

    one of my co-workers is HEAVILY involved in her (now adult) children’s lives. result? both kids are helpless at decision-making; they need help from mommy. disgusting.

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  4. Further proof that anyone can make a baby but few are qualified to be a parent.

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  5. Tim permalink

    Love it.. Great job yet again.

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  6. ladyvincenza permalink

    It’s so sad how well-meaning parents are ruining their kids’ childhoods. Take a hike, helicopter parents!

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  7. I think Dana Carvey said it best in one of his stand-up routines about helicopter parents. If there’s any trouble with the child, the helicopter parent will bend down and look the kid in the eye and say “Craigers! What did we agree to?” I always laugh when I see parents like this. They have no idea how they are appearing to everyone (probably including their own kid!) Great post! 🙂

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  8. williamcoleman757 permalink

    Heritage Square Family Entertainment Village in Golden, CO took a different approach and succeeded wildly with Saturday’s Easter Celebration.
    With a strolling Easter Bunny distributing eggs, and a solar powered Bubble Tower blasting humongous bubbles in all directions, and even a stilt walking party, there was entertainment for all ages, and no one felt left out. Report and photos here: http://stiltwalker.com/v65u

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