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Easter Egg Hunt Chaos: So Much For Model Behavior
I love taking my kids to fun group activities, but this year I wonder if the Easter egg hunts are worth my time. Last week an annual Easter egg hunt in Colorado was cancelled because people were getting too aggressive and it wasn’t the kids, it was the parents! Can you believe that? Organizers say last year things were getting out of hand so they just decided not to have it anymore.
Hundreds of parents reportedly jumped over ropes into a kids-only section of the hunt to ensure their kid got as many eggs as possible. Their actions caused the hunt to be over in seconds, to the dismay of egg-less children and their parents. They said dozens of people were upset because there weren't enough eggs and some kids didn’t get any. One person interviewed said, "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."
Seriously? I fear for our future. All this over plastic Easter eggs filled with candy? And it's usually gross cheap candy anyway. Wonder what would’ve happened if they were filled with money? So what if your child doesn’t get the most eggs! Go buy some. It’s supposed to be fun and it’s Easter. And what scares me even more is I’m sure this sort of behavior happens a lot and just doesn’t get the media attention, and so every year parents and kids just have to deal with the crowds and aggressive people if they want to get an egg.
I remember when I took my son to his first Easter egg hunt. He was 2 and I had my newborn strapped to my chest. I remember waiting in line for a while and seeing all the anxious parents and kids. Since he was young the parents were allowed to join in as well. I remember when the signal went off, everyone made a mad dash to grab as many eggs as they could. While there were no altercations, I do remember feeling a little pushed around in the crowd. I thought is this really worth it? This is what I waited in line for? My son was having fun so I was okay with it at the time, but this year I may have to avoid the Easter egg hunt chaos and hide our eggs at home. What do you think? Are parents getting too pushy?
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