Over-competitive Parents and Easter Egg Hunts Don't Mix

Stay out of the Easter egg hunt, Mom and Dad.When your kids scramble to find brightly-colored, candy-filled plastic eggs this weekend at local Easter egg hunts, do them a big favor: stay out of it.

Associated Press reports that an annual Easter egg hunt in Colorado Springs, Colo. was cancelled because of "aggressive parents who swarmed into the tiny park last year, determined that their kids get an egg." Parents had crossed over a rope that was set up to allow only kids into the grassy area. Within seconds, the eggs were gone, kids were cranky and the hunt was over. (Although we're pretty sure that the cranky part happens at every Easter egg hunt.)

Ron Alsop, author of "The Trophy Kids Grow Up," told Associated Press that the parents jumping the rope at the egg hunt was "the perfect metaphor for millennial children. They (parents) can't stay out of their children's lives. They don't give their children enough chances to learn from hard knocks, mistakes."

Team Mom tip: If you're an over-competitive parent, you just might want to stay away from the Easter egg hunt. Or at least do some deep breathing exercises before it starts.