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Easter Egg Hunt Ruined by…Parents?

What is wrong with this picture? Over the Easter holiday weekend, the New York Post, Good Morning America, Fox News and other national news sources reported multiple stories an Easter Egg hunt that went awry, not due to unruly children, but due to the adults involved.

One report read…

Another traditional Easter egg hunt fell victim to aggressive parents, with event organizers in Macon, GA, forced to cancel this week amid fears greedy moms and dads would become violent and trample on kids to grab eggs.

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Joe Allen, founder of Kids Yule Love, which organizes the Central City Park egg hunt, said previous bad behavior meant this year’s event was a liability because “parents caused a situation in which some children got hurt,” The Macon Telegraph reported. He said that a woman was hurt and several kids were trampled on at previous hunts as aggressive parents tried to get more eggs for themselves or their children.

Organizers there said some parents were too pushy, leaving some children empty-handed. “When people get hurt, they want some kind of compensation,” Allen added.

It is not the first Easter egg hunt canceled because of pushy parents in the past month. A free annual event held in Colorado Springs, Colo., was canceled in March because “aggressive” parents previously snatched too many eggs for their children.

“It’s sort of got out of hand,” one of the organizers, Dave Van Ness, said. “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.”

Really? Seriously?

This is one more humorous, if not sad, picture of how adults today are ruining kids. It’s no wonder youth cannot seem to grow up when they reach their twenties. They may have never seen a healthy role model of what an adult looks like.

May I say it again? Whether you are a parent, a teacher, a coach, a youth pastor, a school administrator or an employer—our greatest responsibility to our future—is to prepare our kids today to be responsible adults and leaders as they grow up.

Susan Peters once said, “Children have a much better chance of growing up if their parents have done so first.”

Besides ruining an Easter Egg hunt, what evidence do you see of parents not growing up?


  1. Rob T on April 10, 2012 at 8:25 am

    reminds me of some of our kid’s soccer games…

  2. Pattidempster on April 10, 2012 at 11:49 am

    We were at Spring Training in Arizona….adult (I uses that term lightly) would push kids out of the way to catch foul balls or get close to players. It was crazy to see!!!

    • Tim Elmore on April 13, 2012 at 10:34 am

      Thanks for sharing another unfortunate example.

  3. Hitomi on April 10, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    My husband just talked about this aver the weekend! In the Easter egg hunt we went to, one mom decided to bring their 7year old to the 0-3 age area. My husband was appalled to see a parent shoo the kid away as her toddler was taking his time picking up an egg.

  4. dirtbikegirl on April 11, 2012 at 8:10 am

    The children dictate to the parents …… they r rude, interruptive, disrespectful, LOUD, and obnoxious in public as well as at home.  Parents encourage this behavior by” asking” “their children rather than” telling” them, in regards to  all things!  children are bothersome becuz their parents encourage bad behavior by lack of holding them responsible.  Parents seem to b too busy to put their foot down and demand good behavior.  They coddle their children. And consequently the children are in charge not only in the home but in society! I believe a lot of the problem is old fashioned laziness on the part of the parents.  teaching and parenting is a never ending task and takes perseverance.  Parents are always looking for the easy way out instead of working to raise responsible kids.   

    • Tim Elmore on April 13, 2012 at 10:38 am

      Good reminder – it always has been, and always will be, more time and energy to be a good parent. It is constant work and I know that no one does it perfectly every day. Examples like this remind us why it’s worth the effort!

  5. dirtbikegirl on April 11, 2012 at 11:35 am

    Also, parents want to be “friends” with their kids instead of parents. My opinion is that they r still immature themselves, blameshifting in their own life as well as that of their children…….

    • Tim Elmore on April 13, 2012 at 10:40 am

      Kids need parents to be a parent first and foremost. They will have lots of friends throughout life. Play the role that only you can in the lives of your kids.

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Easter Egg Hunt Ruined by…Parents?