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Easter Egg Hunt Canceled Because of Pushy Parents

This year's Easter egg hunt in Colorado Springs is canceled ... because of pushy parents:

Organizers of an annual Easter egg hunt attended by hundreds of children have canceled this year's event, citing the behavior of aggressive parents who swarmed into the tiny park last year, determined that their kids get an egg.

That hunt was over in seconds, to the consternation of egg-less tots and their own parents. Too many parents had jumped a rope set up to allow only children into Bancroft Park in a historic area of Colorado Springs.

Organizers say the event has outgrown its original intent of being a neighborhood event.

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 — sports, school, and increasingly work — to ensure that they don't fail, even at an Easter egg hunt.

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My dad told me about a hunt that he took me to when I was really young, like four or so. Rather than competing for the eggs provided, he made up several at home, kept them in his jacket, and then when all the parents and older kids rushed out onto the field, he and I plodded along in a small corner away from everyone as he put down the eggs out of sight and then nudged me along going "there's one, there's one." I had fun, he had fun, and we didn't have to deal with anyone else.
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When I was little, my parents took me to a park hunt, and as I was filling my basket, some other kids came over behind me when I wasn't looking and stole all the eggs out of my basket - repeatedly. I ended up with two eggs, and was so pissed my mother never did that again.

Even without the parents, egg hunts are just lessons in greed - stick with the family ones, then you can deal with the culprits when it's done if needed. That or at least warn them to keep their basket in sight at all times and be ready to fight for your prize. :)
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