Kids looking forward to the annual Easter egg hunt in Old Colorado City will be disappointed this year: the popular event has been canceled. Sure, they can still celebrate the Jesus aspects of the holiday, but gone is the thrill of searching for colored eggs to earn prizes and candy. And it's not even the children's fault.
No, the kids were on their best behavior. It's the parents who ruined everything.
Too many parents determined to see their children get an egg jumped a rope marking the boundaries of the children-only hunt at Bancroft Park last year. The hunt was over in seconds, to the consternation of eggless tots and the rules-abiding parents.
Part of the problem was a lack of organization to begin with — several eggs were "hidden" in plain sight, which proved too much temptation for overeager parents. And of course, once one parent breaks the rules, all the others have to follow suit. "If your kid's getting an unfair advantage, so's mine," a theoretical adult would say. The end result: no one gets any eggs at all.
It's tragic, but perhaps it teaches an important lesson to children — first, that's it's important to play by the rules; and second, that parents can be fuck-ups, too. And according to expert Ron Alsop, author of The Trophy Kids Grow Up, this is indicative of a larger problem among millennial parents.
They couldn't resist getting over the rope to help their kids. That's the perfect metaphor for millennial children. [Parents] can't stay out of their children's lives. They don't give their children enough chances to learn from hard knocks, mistakes.
Well, let's work on that, but in the meantime, these Colorado children are left without an Easter egg hunt. Must all kids bear the sins of the father?
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