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(NPR)   Helicopter parents force cancellation of annual Easter egg hunt. Due to their "aggressive actions" when they swarmed the park last year, determined to get their precious snowflakes the most goodies   (npr.org) divider line 88
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2012-03-26 08:13:05 AM  
FTFA: "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."

That's not an Easter Egg Hunt. That's an Easter Egg Get. If you want to guarantee your kid gets an egg have a hunt in your friggin' yard.
 
2012-03-26 08:21:02 AM  
"OMG! Free STUFF! GET IT!!"

/Annoying.
 
2012-03-26 08:26:51 AM  
Because nothing celebrates resurrection quite like greed
 
2012-03-26 08:36:32 AM  
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2012-03-26 08:46:55 AM  
And people wonder why kids these days are so farked up.
 
2012-03-26 08:50:16 AM  

xanadian: And people wonder why kids these days are so farked up.


I don't think kids these days are farked up. I think lots of grandparents are mad at how their children are acting and actually caring for their kids, because today's parents think their parents were terrible at being parents.
 
2012-03-26 09:57:35 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Because nothing celebrates resurrection quite like greed


This x100
 
2012-03-26 10:06:04 AM  
heh. They tried this in college once. All the frat boys just followed the volunteers around and stole the eggs before the contest started.
 
2012-03-26 10:06:15 AM  
These people aren't parents. I am now off to Colorado to find them and put lit cigars into their eyes.


/yes, I am having a bad day.
 
2012-03-26 10:08:07 AM  

GAT_00: xanadian: And people wonder why kids these days are so farked up.

I don't think kids these days are farked up. I think lots of grandparents are mad at how their children are acting and actually caring for their kids, because today's parents think their parents were terrible at being parents.


8/10 for that one.
 
2012-03-26 10:10:47 AM  
FTA:' It has prompted at least two New York companies to establish "take your parent to work day" for new recruits as parents remain involved even after their children become adults."

If I owned a company the Top Secret Code Name for that day would actually be 'Operation Let's Find Out Who We Are Not Hiring Amongst New Recruits'.
 
2012-03-26 10:12:01 AM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: FTFA: "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."

That's not an Easter Egg Hunt. That's an Easter Egg Get. If you want to guarantee your kid gets an egg have a hunt in your friggin' yard.


Egg-zactly!
 
2012-03-26 10:12:07 AM  
I love going to the city Easter Egg hunt. We tell our older son (9) to get no more than 10 so that everyone can have a chance. Not that anyone stops at only 10.

They have the hunts divided into areas by age. It's always amusing (and makes me want to biatch slap some adults) to see a 2-3 year old who has a stroller mounded up with eggs in just 5 minutes. I'm sure mom didn't help at all with that.

For the love of God people, it's a time to let your kids have fun, it's not a death race where the only person who lives is the one with the most eggs at the end.
 
2012-03-26 10:14:09 AM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: FTFA: "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."

That's not an Easter Egg Hunt. That's an Easter Egg Get. If you want to guarantee your kid gets an egg have a hunt in your friggin' yard.


In the parents' defense, I've been to these community egg hunts before. There are always so many kids, the hunt is effectively over in thirty seconds, unless you divide the yard into sections for specific age groups -- older kids ALWAYS show up and grab the goodies before the preschoolers can even catch up to the first egg they see.
 
2012-03-26 10:14:28 AM  
I've always fantasized about helicopter parents along these lines.
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2012-03-26 10:14:29 AM  
They canceled a decades-old event like this in St. Louis. Parents just swarmed forward and stole everything. Fights and riots. That was the end of it.
 
2012-03-26 10:14:35 AM  
FTFA: "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."



asshole
 
2012-03-26 10:14:55 AM  

penguinfark: t's always amusing (and makes me want to biatch slap some adults) to see a 2-3 year old who has a stroller


Holy crap those are some lazy ass toddlers. They have legs at that age, don't they?

/kids today
 
2012-03-26 10:15:59 AM  
Without the joys of a grown man giving a stiffarm to a 4 year old, what is the point of even having Easter?
 
2012-03-26 10:16:10 AM  

bluehubcap: penguinfark: t's always amusing (and makes me want to biatch slap some adults) to see a 2-3 year old who has a stroller

Holy crap those are some lazy ass toddlers. They have legs at that age, don't they?

/kids today


You accidentally.
 
2012-03-26 10:19:13 AM  
I wanna Easta Egg! I wanna Easta Egg!

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2012-03-26 10:19:16 AM  
FTA: "It just seems to be the mindset. People just want the best for their kids," Rexford said.

No. They want the best for themselves. The kids are just an extension of their own personality. God forbid one of their own crotch droppings actually fails at something, especially at the hands of another parent.

Just remember, helicopter parents... these kids are going to rise up one day when you're retired and mosty likely find the shiattiest nursing home they can stuff you in. Payback's a biatch, ain't it?
 
2012-03-26 10:19:42 AM  
I thought the point of an Easter Egg Hunt was to laugh at the kids as they struggled to find eggs...

Maybe my family is different.
 
2012-03-26 10:23:16 AM  
That's right, kids. Go get the chocolate egg, laid by a bunny, to celebrate the torture and rebirth of a man 2000 years ago. Nothing goes together quite like scientific nonsense and fantastic superstitions.

/goldfish left Lincoln logs in your sock drawer
 
2012-03-26 10:25:42 AM  

penguinfark: For the love of God people, it's a time to let your kids have fun, it's not a death race where the only person who lives is the one with the most eggs at the end.


I now have a vivid image of kids taking machetes & bow'n'arrows to each other in a Hunger Games: Easter Edition.

/nothing says resurrection like a death match
 
2012-03-26 10:27:34 AM  
White people problems
 
2012-03-26 10:27:56 AM  
As the parent of a teenager, I have to agree that, in general, parents are too hands-on and involved in the details of how their kids are growing up. Every minute of every day, some of them. It's mind-boggling.

I think Mrs_Fab and I have done a fairly good job of striking the right balance of personal involvement and encouraging independence with our kid through the years. She's a freshman at a Big 10 school now, and she's flourishing there.

/proud of a job done well
//i've screwed up some pretty big things in my life, but that's not one of them
 
2012-03-26 10:31:54 AM  
I submitted this two weeks ago. And of course with a better headline.
 
2012-03-26 10:32:30 AM  
GoodyearPimp

That's right, kids. Go get the chocolate egg, laid by a bunny, to celebrate the torture and rebirth of a man 2000 years ago. Nothing goes together quite like scientific nonsense and fantastic superstitions.

/goldfish left Lincoln logs in your sock drawer


That gave me a hearty chuckle.
 
2012-03-26 10:33:04 AM  

GAT_00: I don't think kids these days are farked up. I think lots of grandparents are mad at how their children are acting and actually caring for their kids, because today's parents think their parents were terrible at being parents


My girlfriend's 8 year old niece punched her mother the other day. If I did that when I was 8, I'd have been the first kid in space. So yes, kids today are farked up.
 
2012-03-26 10:35:04 AM  

blazemongr: In the parents' defense, I've been to these community egg hunts before. There are always so many kids, the hunt is effectively over in thirty seconds, unless you divide the yard into sections for specific age groups -- older kids ALWAYS show up and grab the goodies before the preschoolers can even catch up to the first egg they see.


I've seen this type of misbehavior. However, whenever my church would hold egg hunts, the older kids would help the toddlers by pointing them in the right direction. It warmed the cockles of my heart.

I have to say: at what point does this start feeling good? As you strap little Braeyhlynneh into your 3500-series Suburban, are you feeling like "wow I'm really proud of myself for smiting those lazy toddlers" or what? If my kids come out empty-handed, which they don't because they're fast, they still have Easter baskets for me to pilfer!

Charlie Freak: White people problems


Yeah, white parents have a monopoly on freaking out at kids' events.
 
2012-03-26 10:37:40 AM  

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Nothing wrong with a "Participation" ribbon. Just make sure there are normal first, second and third prizes for the kids that won. The rest cab get a ribbon as a memento that they were there.

/No, you are not all winners in my book
 
2012-03-26 10:38:44 AM  

bluehubcap: penguinfark: t's always amusing (and makes me want to biatch slap some adults) to see a 2-3 year old who has a stroller

Holy crap those are some lazy ass toddlers. They have legs at that age, don't they?

/kids today


Meh, it makes them easier to keep them where you want them and out of other people's way. My 2 year old is a spaz. She'd probably pick up dandelions instead of eggs. And for a 2 year old, that's fine with me.

I'm certainly not going with her to a job interview.
 
2012-03-26 10:39:24 AM  
Is there something wrong with the parenting philosophy of "its not how you celebrate your victories, but how you overcome your disappointments"?

My kids were taught that while winning is awesome, sometimes losing happens and try again another day.
 
2012-03-26 10:39:35 AM  

dougfm: My girlfriend's 8 year old niece punched her mother the other day. If I did that when I was 8, I'd have been the first kid in space. So yes, kids today are farked up.


What did the mother do in response? It is absolutely true that many parents have taken the concept of "consider your child's self esteem" to mean "never criticize, correct, or discipline your child," but children have always acted up. The Connection household is one of loving but firm discipline; we still have bad incidents but they are punished just as good deeds are rewarded.

It is the response of the parent that drives the situation to "systematic problem" from mere "bad incident."
 
2012-03-26 10:40:25 AM  
These are "blackhawk parents"
 
2012-03-26 10:42:32 AM  
There was no place to hide the plastic eggs, which were filled with donated candy or coupons redeemable at nearby businesses. So thousands of eggs were placed in plain view on the grass.

I suspect that the trees were cut down in the park so that the ubiquitous paedophiles would have no place to hide. Enjoy "hunting" for those elusive eggs, kids! It's like toddler training for Black Friday stampedes.
 
2012-03-26 10:43:40 AM  

GoodyearPimp: That's right, kids. Go get the chocolate egg, laid by a bunny, to celebrate the torture and rebirth of a man 2000 years ago. Nothing goes together quite like scientific nonsense and fantastic superstitions.

/goldfish left Lincoln logs in your sock drawer


Actually, the first Easter was celebrated in 2000 BC
 
2012-03-26 10:45:50 AM  

TheGreatGazoo: Meh, it makes them easier to keep them where you want them and out of other people's way.


Fair point. I was just being snarky, tho.

Mine just wouldn't stay in the strollers, they wanted to push the strollers themselves or walk alongside. After a while, the stroller was just one more thing I was lugging around.

Unfortunately, they take after me and when I was two I pushed - and followed - a stroller right down a steep hill. Family photos are a hoot - my nose was one giant scab.
 
2012-03-26 10:50:43 AM  
As a parent, how hard is it to get with the parents in your neighborhood and plan an egg hunt for the kids on the block yourself?

Limit it to the nearby park, or just front yards with a flag or something if you have some "Get off my lawn" types.
 
2012-03-26 10:53:29 AM  
When I was a kid, it was the same sh*t at my public egg hunt. Egg hunt fights are not new to the world. Maybe parents actually participating, which is incredibly stupid.

There are plenty of options to taking your kid to an event like this:

- let your kid participate, but instruct them to be nice. if they get upset or don't get any eggs, take them for ice cream afterwards or something.
- don't go. host your own event
- give your kid a bunch of easter eggs and tell them to just observe the hunt and then hand them out to kids who didn't get any. or tell him to participate and then give his eggs away.
- tell your kid not to participate and instead to watch and learn about human nature
 
2012-03-26 10:54:09 AM  
We had an Easter egg hunt put on by our residential college (i.e. dorm) when I was an undergrad. They purposefully eggs with the best prizes in hard to reach places. They'd even bury some.
 
2012-03-26 10:55:03 AM  

meat0918: As a parent, how hard is it to get with the parents in your neighborhood and plan an egg hunt for the kids on the block yourself?

Limit it to the nearby park, or just front yards with a flag or something if you have some "Get off my lawn" types.


Although as a non-believer, some people get kinda pissy I refuse to give up the pagan turned Christian turned secular traditions.

//Besides, who doesn't love a pagan fertility festival?
 
2012-03-26 10:55:17 AM  

dougfm: GAT_00: I don't think kids these days are farked up. I think lots of grandparents are mad at how their children are acting and actually caring for their kids, because today's parents think their parents were terrible at being parents

My girlfriend's 8 year old niece punched her mother the other day. If I did that when I was 8, I'd have been the first kid in space. So yes, kids today are farked up.


Oh...HELL...NAW! If my son had done that, I would have worn his ass out. And have in the past for other serious infractions.

Excuse, someone is knocking at my door....
 
2012-03-26 11:06:49 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Because nothing celebrates resurrection quite like greed


If they really wanted to celebrate resurrection they'd show zombie movies.
 
2012-03-26 11:06:53 AM  
Subject of the article was in my neighborhood. I live less than a mile from Bancroft Park. Bancroft "Park" is a one-block green area with a bandshell and a pavilion which overlooks Old City Center. It has an old one-room territory land management office which has been converted to Santa's Workshop Colorado Springs Campus. Immediately adjacent is the original Carnegie Public Library. This is an old, re-gentrified side of town. It's surrounded by a six-block downtown shopping district.

The local newspaper article (new window) is a lot less melodramatic about the whole thing. The parents fighting is only the secondary reason. The Easter Egg event was originally started to drive traffic to west-side businesses. Most people just show up and get their eggs and go back home. They cancelled the event because the businesses didn't see a boost in sales. And because people were being dickholes.
 
2012-03-26 11:09:12 AM  

turbidum: We had an Easter egg hunt put on by our residential college (i.e. dorm) when I was an undergrad. They purposefully eggs with the best prizes in hard to reach places. They'd even bury some.


My church did this. There was one egg up in a gutter, about 12 feet over our heads. The adults had even put it in a nest of that plastic Easter grass to make sure we saw it.

Took four of us working together to get it down. Meanwhile all the little kids were content to get the eggs with chocolate coins or nickels inside, but the older ones like me knew we had to go for the gold.

Turned out to contain a note saying that all of us who helped retrieve it were getting an all you can eat pizza party at Pizza Hut. That's like winning the lottery when you're nine.

In retrospect, the adults clearly did this so we would be distracted and let the little kids get their fair share of eggs. And they got 15 minutes free entertainment watching us attempting to scale a brick wall, while they stood around drinking beer and laughing. Farking brilliant.

/My csb.
 
2012-03-26 11:14:30 AM  
Forgot to mention:

anyone who lives in the Bay Area should know about the Roaring Railroad Easter egg hunt (new window) in Santa Cruz. It's one of my fondest memories from when I was younger (27 now).

It's lots of fun. You get to ride a little train through beautiful redwood forests, and there are a bunch of other activities like an egg toss, among other things.

Also, the kids are separated out by age groups for the hunt, and parents are clearly not allowed in the egg area (plus, the eggs are little chocolate eggs, and some have stickers on them for prizes).

Just throwin' out there.

/N.B. I have not been there in two decades. . .but I can't imagine the place has changed that much.
 
2012-03-26 11:16:55 AM  
That's why you can't have nice things.
 
2012-03-26 11:17:45 AM  

blazemongr: Mr. Coffee Nerves: FTFA: "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."

That's not an Easter Egg Hunt. That's an Easter Egg Get. If you want to guarantee your kid gets an egg have a hunt in your friggin' yard.

In the parents' defense, I've been to these community egg hunts before. There are always so many kids, the hunt is effectively over in thirty seconds, unless you divide the yard into sections for specific age groups -- older kids ALWAYS show up and grab the goodies before the preschoolers can even catch up to the first egg they see.


This.

Even still, parents fail to teach their children that this the neighborhood Easter Egg thing is not The Hunger Games. Unfortunately, they're so hung up on letting Precious Snowflake express his curiosity and natural joi de vivre that they forget to teach any manner of civility. Mustn't set limits, that will crush Poopoo's spirit.
 
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