We’re all too familiar with those crappy stories about parents who get so invested in their kid’s little-league games that they end up throwing hissy fits of their own or even worse, threatening and bullying other players’ parents. It’s scary and lame and it totally defeats the entire spirit of the game, as any mature adult (and child) can tell you. Well, it seems this aggressive parenting technique has inched its way into the innocent sport of Easter egg hunting. It’s such a problem, in fact, that organizers of a Colorado Springs Easter egg hunt have cancelled this year’s festivities because of the way parents behaved – or, rather, misbehaved – at last year’s event.
“It’s sort of got out of hand,” said David Van Ness, executive director for the Old Colorado City Associates. He explained how hundreds of parents at the 2011 Easter egg hunt jumped over ropes into a kids-only section to ensure their kids got as many eggs as possible. “There were disgruntled people because there either weren’t enough eggs to go around or some kids didn’t get one. Parents would get aggressive,” he said.
We hope that parents have learned their lesson! Honestly, it’s really sad when city organizers are forced to cancel what’s meant to be a family-friendly event because of overly-competitive parents who just can’t keep it together. I mean, what is wrong with these people? The whole point of an Easter egg hunt is to let the kids run free and have some fun. These parents should know better, and they should be ashamed.
Of course, it’s the children who end up suffering because of these idiotic parents. They’re being taught that it’s okay to cheat and break the rules just to get what you want, which isn’t the message we should be sending. It also instills a sense of entitlement in children that, needless to say, will not serve them well later in life. It’s time for these adults to grow up and remember that as parents, you are always setting an example for your kids. Which is why it’s a good idea to play fair and remember that an Easter egg hunt is about so many things other than “winning.” What ever happened to common sense, people?