Helicopter parents force end to Easter egg hunt
An annual Easter egg hunt in Colorado was canceled this year. Parents jumped in and helped kids gather chocolate eggs last April, said the sponsors.
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
Organizers of an annual Easter egg hunt attended by hundreds of children have canceled this year's event, citing aggressive parents who swarmed the tiny park last year, determined that their kids get an egg.
Last year's Colorado hunt was over in seconds, to the consternation of both children and parents. Too many parents had jumped a rope set up to allow only children into the park.
Observers say the cancellation is a prime example of so-called "helicopter parents" — those who hover over their children and are involved in every aspect of their children's lives.
"That's the perfect metaphor for millennial children," said Ron Alsop, a former Wall Street Journal reporter and author of "The Trophy Kids Grow Up," which examines the "millennial children" generation. "They don't give their children enough chances to learn from hard knocks, mistakes."
Last April's egg hunt had a few technical difficulties, said Mazie Baalman, owner of Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and sponsor of the event.