Eggs-treme Parents Force Easter Hunt Cancellation

Too-aggressive mom, dad hopped to help their kids
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Mar 26, 2012 1:15 AM CDT
Stay out of the picture parents.   (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)

(Newser) – How aggressive were the parents at last year's Colorado Springs Easter egg hunt (which, yes, is a hunt designed for their kids)? Well, the event has been canceled this year. The scene last April: Parents jumped a rope early to nudge their children toward plastic eggs filled with candy. The hunt was over in seconds, leaving eggless tots in tears. The race was eggs-acerbated by a faulty public address system that was hard to hear. "So everybody thinks you said, 'Go,' and everybody goes, and it's over in seconds," explained an event spokeswoman. "If one parent gets in there, other parents say, 'If one can get in we all can get in,' and everybody goes."

Critics, always happy to put down mom and dad, see it as one more example of "helicopter parents" always hovering to get their kids the best advantages, reports the AP. "They couldn't resist getting over the rope to help their kids," says Ron Alsop, author of The Trophy Kids Grow Up. "That's the perfect metaphor for 'millennial children.' 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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