The annual Easter Egg Hunt held in Bancroft Park in the historic area of Colorado Springs, Colorado was cancelled this year due to parents being too aggressive last year.
Dave Van Ness, executive director for the Old Colorado City Associates said, “It’s sort of got out of hand. 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. Rather than create ill will, let’s just not do it.”
Organizers of the Easter Egg hunt for Colorado Springs, CO say it has outgrown the original intent of being a neighborhood only event. Last year’s egg hunt, sponsored by the Old Colorado City Association, attracted hundreds of parents and children and experienced a few malfunctions, Mazie Baalman, owner of Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and sponsor of the event said.
There was no place to hide the plastic Easter eggs, filled with donated candy or coupons redeemable at nearby businesses, so the eggs were placed in plain view site on the grass. A bullhorn that was used start the event didn’t work, 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. If one parent gets in there, other parents say, `If one can get in we all can get in,’ and everybody goes,” Baalman said.
Parenting observers say the cancellation was due to what they call “helicopter parents.” Helicopter parents are those who hover over their children and are involved in every aspect of their children’s lives like sports, school, and increasingly work to ensure that they don’t fail, even at an Easter egg hunt.
Ron Alsop, a former Wall Street Journal reporter and author of “The Trophy Kids Grow Up” reported, “They couldn’t resist getting over the rope to help their kids. 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.”