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Poll: Are Helicopter Parents Ruining Easter Egg Hunts?

NPR reports on an event that was canceled because of aggressive adults.

Helicopter parents.

You've heard the term applied to just about everything, from playgrounds to college admissions, even job interviews. Parents who just can't seem to let their children fend for themselves. Or lose. 

Now Easter egg hunts?

This NPR story caught our eye. It reports that a major Easter egg hunt in Colorado was canceled this year because parents — not the Terrible Twos, but parents — were just too aggressive.

As one unapologetic local resident told NPR:

"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."

Dave March 27, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Well at least they are not calling them"Easter spheres"
Wyatt March 27, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Not sure I understand the question "Do you agree with this NPR story?" I don't see anything to agree or disagree with. NPR reported a story and that is that. Are you asking if people believe that the NPR story is somehow incorrect?
meowkats4 March 27, 2012 at 05:17 PM
According to Wikipedia: Their Baby Boomer parents in turn earned notoriety for practices such as calling their children each morning to wake them up for class and complaining to their professors about grades the children had received. Some of these parents had chosen their child's college and hired consultants to help fine-tune the application process.[citation needed] Summer camp officials have also reported similar behavior from parents. Yes, I have, they do almost everything for their child even when they become adults. They continue to help them and not giving them sometimes no idea how life will be when Mom and Dad are no longer able to help out. They are children that grow into adults and still live at home not paying a bill or room and board. They don't even pay for their own car insurance nor do they help out around the home.
Susan Schoenberger March 27, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Good point, Wyatt. I changed the headline.
J. Wiley Dumas March 31, 2012 at 01:51 PM
@Kathy. You have just confirmed something that I've been saying for years. The 'helicopter/ over-protective' parents are doing more damage to their children by failing to have the children experience what the 'real world' with all its triumphs and pitfalls holds. These kids , once they do (finally0 go out are usually crushed by the heavy competition in the job market and other aspects of real life. They continue to expect 'mommy and daddy' to do everything for them. Parents such as these have created a generation of leeches that now refuse to let go, unable to function as our generation has.


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