Dear Parents, Please Keep Your Chill at the Easter Egg Hunt

Dear Parents,

As the air begins to warm, flowers begin to bloom, and kids begin to shed their winter coats and gloves, there’s one holiday that celebrates the excitement of the season: Easter. While families across the country have different traditions around celebrating Easter, many towns, cities, and communities will hold annual Easter egg hunts to mark the occasion. These Easter egg hunts will be all sorts of fun: There will be candy! There will be kids! There will be laughter! And, inevitably, there will be that one parent who seems to totally forget that this is a kids' event designed for fun, not competition.

During the Easter egg hunt, you’ll be able to spot this parent by the way they rush the play space and direct their child to the golden egg or the way that they demand that other kids put down the egg their child was heading for. You’ll see them claiming first place prizes for their kids who barely collected a single egg independently or fussing about cheating when their child doesn’t win. You’ll also probably notice their child, the one who was just hoping to have a good time, looking embarrassed, out of sorts and probably a little confused by the whole situation.

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As we approach Easter this year, I’m beggin' you all, please, please keep your chill at the Easter egg hunt. Easter egg hunts are community events designed to help kids have fun and celebrate a holiday. They’re meant to bring the community together and help families make happy memories together. And, while some of them do have prizes, they’re not meant to be competitive events.

Winning the local Easter egg hunt won’t win your child fame and fortune or a college scholarship. At most, it’ll win them the sort of Easter basket you could buy yourself at Target for $30 or some extra candy. And that prize — any prize really — is not worth teaching your child to be overly competitive or a bad sport.

So, this year, when the bell rings or the Easter egg hunt organizer yells ‘go!’ I have a simple request for you: stay on the sidelines, shout nothing more than gentle words of encouragement, and let your child enjoy themselves as they hunt for eggs on their own. And, at the end of the event, as they count up what they’ve found, remind them of how fun the activity was and how proud you are of them for participating.

While they might not go home with the prize basket they will go home with something even better: happy memories about the Easter egg hunt they went to with you. Enjoy it, parents!

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Dear Parents, Please Keep Your Chill at the Easter Egg Hunt

Julia Pelly has a master's degree in public health and works full time in the field of positive youth development. Julia loves hiking after work, swimming during the summer and taking long, cuddly afternoon naps with her two sons on the weekends. Julia lives in North Carolina, with her husband and two young boys. You can find more of her work at JuliaPelly.com ... More

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