Poached: Easter egg hunt canceled because of aggressive parents

It was supposed to happen in Colorado.  Not this year, though.  Details:

An annual Easter egg hunt attended by hundreds of children has been canceled because of misbehavior last year. Not by the kids, but by the grown-ups.

Too many parents determined to see their children get an egg jumped a rope marking the boundaries of the children-only hunt at Bancroft Park last year. The hunt was over in seconds, to the consternation of eggless tots and the rules-abiding parents.

Organizers say the hunt in Old Colorado City has gotten too big for the hundreds of children and parents now attending. They canceled this year.

Last April’s egg hunt, sponsored by the Old Colorado City Association, experienced a few technical difficulties, said Mazie Baalman, owner of Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and sponsor of the event.

There was no place to hide the plastic eggs, which were filled with donated candy or coupons redeemable at nearby businesses. So thousands of eggs were put in plain view on the grass. A bullhorn to start the event malfunctioned, so Baalman, master of ceremonies, used a public address system that was hard to hear.

“So everybody thinks you said ‘Go,’ and everybody goes, and it’s over in seconds,” Baalman said. “If one parent gets in there, other parents say, ‘If one can get in, we all can get in,’ and everybody goes.”

Parenting observers cite the cancellation as a prime example of so-called “helicopter parents” — those who hover over their children and are involved in every aspect of their children’s lives — to ensure that they don’t fail, even at an Easter egg hunt.

“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.”

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Comments

  1. Modern parents rob their kids of the key to healthy confidence: letting them accomplish something on their OWN. Pathetic.

  2. We’re not mature enough to have an Easter egg hunt? I’ll retire to Bedlam.

  3. Helicopter parenting is all well and good as long as these folks accept that they’re still going to be on the job into their 70s, when the “kid” is still living on their couch and spending down what was going to be their retirement savings.

  4. Irish Spectre says:

    It wasn’t only the boorish parents; it was also the Obama administration imposing Easter egg hunting licenses!!

  5. pagansister says:

    Pretty darn sad! Parents are supposed to be examples—and the ones in this article are examples of what NOT to do!

  6. LOL – why not blame him?! It seems to many that the President is the cause of all that is “wrong” with the world. They lead us to believe that he is, at least for now, all-powerful. May they find peace!

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