Disclaimer: I don’t have children and I’m not sure what lengths I’d go to in order to grant my child every advantage in this world possible.
But come on, people…folks are really pushing their kids so hard that a basic Easter egg hunt had to be cancelled because parents were going for broke to get their kids eggs? From NPR:
Organizers of an annual Easter egg hunt in Colorado attended by hundreds of children have canceled this year’s event, citing the behavior of aggressive parents who swarmed into the tiny park last year, determined that their kids get an egg.
That hunt was over in seconds, to the consternation of egg-less tots and their own parents. Too many parents had jumped a rope set up to allow only children into Bancroft Park in a historic area of Colorado Springs.
We’re talking about regular old plastic eggs filled with cheap candy, not golden eggs laid by mythical geese or anything like that — it can’t be about the actual egg. So what gives? Experts call parents who can’t help but stay overly involved in their kids’ lives “helicopter parents,” and claim that they cannot help themselves from doing things like jumping over ropes on the behalf of their kids to grab eggs. In the past few years the phenomenon has intensified, with mothers and fathers of millenial children holding teachers accountable for success instead of children, protecting them from making their own mistakes, and even following them along on job interviews. Some companies have even begun “take your parent to work day,” so early twenty-somethings can keep their parents in the loop.
When it comes to this Easter egg hunt, one local uncle made the mindset clear.
“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.”
As children who are coddled and fought for in this way age and become the caretakers of society, how will anything ever get done? If kids aren’t allowed to fail sometimes, how will they ever know the joys of success? I was raised to try my best to grab an egg and if I was too late in the crowd to get one, maybe my mom would buy me one from the store or something of that nature. But elbowing other parents? Doesn’t that go too far?
What do you think? Do you know (or are you) a “helicopter parent”?