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.
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.”
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.”