27 Mar
Parents Behaving Badly Leads to Easter Egg Hunt Cancellation

From the files of Oh, You Thought You’d Heard It All? comes this gem:

The organizers of an annual local Easter Egg Hunt in Colorado Springs canceled this year’s Easter Egg Hunt.

If you think it’s in an effort to lower people’s cholesterol levels or to get the children out of the secular chocolate bunny world and into the House of Worship to celebrate the Resurrection, then you are absolutely adorable.

And wrong. Because the reason that the annual Easter Egg Hunt has been canceled is because some parents acted so horribly last year, the organizers would rather cancel the whole thing than have to babysit the parents. Who can blame them?

Reports of parents jumping in to get plastic eggs so that their child wouldn’t have to have the indignity of remaining eggless are mortifying, until you hear one of the parents explain:

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.

That’s right, you better believe it.  Because once you make a promise of a plastic egg to your kid, you don’t want to fool around with that blood oath. And if the other parents jumped in and swooped up an egg so that your kid didn’t get one, what would you do? Use it as a life lesson that sometimes people act badly? Or join them because you are not leaving without the motherfokkin’ plastic egg?

The parents acting badly are being labeled helicopter parents. We find that unfair. A parent can be overprotective and hovering (you know, helicopter) without being obnoxious to others. This goes way beyond that.

As parents, we all want what is best for our kids. And that includes Easter eggs and even chocolate and jellybeans. But sometimes we need to step back and realize that teaching our children that it’s okay to push and shove as long as we get the plastic egg is not the lesson we want to impart.

Now, Faberge eggs—that’s a different story.

12 Responses to “Parents Behaving Badly Leads to Easter Egg Hunt Cancellation”

03.27.12#1

Comment by fourfindinghome.

I read this story yesterday, and I thought to myself, “self, seriously?” I have personally never been to a public hunt, I’ve always been fortunate enough to have a huge hunting ground at home, the grandparents, and our own backyard for my children, and now I know the reason why. What happened to hiding the eggs in your backyard? These parents need a refresher on good sportsmanship, or a stick to the head (whichever works for them). I’ve never met a little child (those who can walk anyway) who didn’t know to pick up something bright off the ground. Do the parents really need to help with that? Maybe those parents really just want their own hunt. Granted I don’t think it would be much of a challenge with the eggs right out there in the open for them. What fun is it really for the kid when they don’t even get to do the collecting? Selfish parents teaching selfish behaviors.
Perhaps if the child is upset that they didn’t get a basketload of candy and eggs, you should take the kid out and buy them a bag of sweets, believe me the kid won’t care once they have a whole bag of candy to themselves.
And you can bet that those parents who are the reason for the cancellation will moan and complain and have not a clue how they ruined it for all those kids. Does everything have to be a competition? Kids aren’t naturally competitive at that age, most often they are more than happy to share their bounty with the other kids. Maybe the parents could learn something from their kids.

03.27.12#2

Comment by Steph.

I saw something similar last week at St. Paddy’s parade. The parents were so competitive about getting the candy that was being thrown from floats. It was disgusting. Pushing, yelling – seriously?!

03.27.12#3

Comment by Wendi.

When I was a kid, my parents were probably hanging out in the parking lot drinking beer with the other parents during Easter egg hunts. They didn’t really care if I had “an edge.”

Plano Mom Reply:

Mine too – I think that WAS the edge – we learned to fend for ourselves.

03.27.12#4

Comment by Plano Mom.

More of the same attitude that seems to be rampant these days: “I’m more important than you.” These are the same people that cut you off on the freeway and cut in line at the grocery store. I keep telling myself it’s got to get better, that our culture will not completely ignore decency and kindness. But these stories sure don’t help…

VG Reply:

PM – I hope the same as you. People just can’t abandon COMMON DECENCY and MANNERS!

03.27.12#5

Comment by VG.

My husband sent this to me the other day. Now, I can see if you had a child just learning to walk, like a 1 yr old and help them out with the eggs, but actively boxing out other kids so YOUR kid can get more eggs? That’s just wrong.
This is why I dread activities like this or when my child will be school-age, and having to deal with parents like these people. Then the kids of these people! I need a drink and it’s only 9:30A…

03.27.12#6

Comment by Julie.

When my oldest daughter was 5 or 6 I took her to a public hunt at the local Wal-Mart. She had spotted the “golden egg” and was running over to pick it up. The parent standing next to me (they had people keeping the parents outside the roped-off area) noticed and yelled to his son to “take her out.” The boy proceeded to run over and body slam her, sending her sprawling to the ground. The whole time the dad was laughing and cheering on his son. Luckily she only banged up her knee and got muddy.

I used it as a teaching moment about fairness and treating people the way you want to be treated, told her I was proud of her for shrugging it off and not throwing a fit (or giving the kid a well-deserved beating), and vowed to avoid public hunts in the future.

Marinka Reply:

Although maybe it’s a good way to prepare children to be tributaries in The Hunger Games!

03.27.12#7

Comment by Karin W.

I can see how it might get out of hand but I’m glad we found a nice one. We go to a local farm’s public egg hunt and peep roast. They have a tiny tot hunt and a 5+ hunt. I don’t know how they do it but everyone behaves themselves! last year, several of the older kids actually HELPED the younger ones find eggs and others gave eggs to other kids (that they didn’t know) b/c they found more than enough. We’ll be going back this year. As for the Peeps roast – that’s yummy!

The only other egg hunts that we’ve been to have been the kind where you bring x# of eggs per kid that get combined and then hidden and then each kid gets to find that number of eggs. This is murderous if your kid is not assertive or takes their time when it comes to stuff like that.

03.27.12#8

Comment by tracy@sellabitmum.

I’m sure this was a drop-off activity back in 1975 when I last participated. I vote we go back to that model.

Karin W Reply:

LOVE!

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