Bloody Easter Egg Brawl Shows Ugly Side of Competitive Moms

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easter eggsDon't believe "mommy wars" exist? Well, then you should have been at an Easter egg hunt Sunday at Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo. It was an all-out mom brawl, and all over a few Easter eggs.

According to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, it happened during an event for 4- to 6-year-old children. It started when one woman was trying to help her own kid snatch up some eggs and she pushed another child aside. Oh yes, she did.

When the pushed child's mother saw what happened, the two started fighting. They "had to be separated three or four times". There was cursing, children crying, and one woman was left with a bloody nose. At an Easter egg hunt!

What an example to set there, ladies. Seriously, how sad is that? I get wanting to help your kid and not see him disappointed if he doesn't get any eggs, but pushing another child is just out of line no matter what the reason. It's such a blatant and sobering example of ultra-competitive parents.

Now, I think any mom who says she's not competitive when it comes to her kids is lying. Maybe just to herself, but it's impossible to not want the best for your children, to want to help them get ahead. However, there's a big difference between wanting them to succeed and encouraging them, and becoming a psycho who will mow down anything or anyone who gets in their way.

While this is extreme, it happens subtly all the time too. There are moms who try to negotiate their kids' grades with teachers, or go to elaborate lengths to try and secure them friends, or push them so hard to excel at school and sports that they're pushing their children toward a breaking point. There's a line between helping your child succeed and pushing them to succeed at all costs no matter who gets hurt. The price the poor children pay for the latter is heartbreakingly high.

What examples do you see of competitive parenting?


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Megan... MeganJune03

We do an Easter egg hunt at my husband's grandmother's home.  Our daughter (who is 3) still has a hard time grasping the concept of "hunting for Easter eggs".  She skipped over a bunch of eggs so I went out to help her... I was pointing to an egg and another kid (9 or 10) grabbed it right as she was reaching for it.... If it wasn't a family thing I would of said something to that kid. I wasn't mad that she didn't get very many eggs.. it's just the principle behind it.

Competitive parents are everywhere... including "my kid potty trained at 1 year" "oh yeah well my kid potty trained at 10 months" It's just ridiculous and I for one am fed up with it all!

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ashjo85 ashjo85

I won't ever take my kids to a public egg hunt again. I HATE those parents who drag 1 year old who couldn't care less out and snatch up eggs. When my daughter was 2, she was just getting the experience for the first time, and because I didn't help her at all, wasn't grabbing eggs, she didn't get any. I had her in an area just for 2 year olds, but the other parents were acting like we were grabbing for cash. No thank you, never again.

kaffe... kaffedrikke

Obnoxious shitheaded parents.

Katy Khan

I am not a fan of public easter egg hunts, too many pushy parents. Easter is something I much prefer to keep as a family thing. I don't get the parents who do the work for their kids, I think that's setting them up for problems later on.

Roy Bradley

S houln,t  it be controlled better? Like parents behind a fence maybe? 

Theresa Hissong Seid

Every year! This is why every year I post my Easter Egg Hunt rules. If you 3 year old can't pick up Eggs by themselves they shouldn't be in the hunt. Adults need to stay out of it!!!!

lovin... lovinallofthem

:) we went to a public egg hunt recently, and parents were BANNED from the gated area that lil ones were getting eggs in... some kids just ARENT into the egg hunt thing, i have one that will pick up one egg and say he is bored, and i have a one who can out egg-hunt any one , ANY time, she ROCKS IT at hunts (rocks, eggs, other people....) they are just different personalities.. i get that.. but when you push a child and you are a GROWN PERSON, you deserve an @$$whooping. 

Moria Funck

holy crap... this is why we always do it at home then? I have never been to a big not run by family egg finding event.

Charli Rahe

YIKES! This past year was our first time egg hunting, and it was a great time, just coworkers and thier kids ages 4 months to 6 years. The oldest two got the most eggs, but it was fun being outside watching the kids run around, or be carried in the 4 month olds case. I think it can be for any age, but I wouldn't do it with people I didn't know sounds like a hassle. Their wasn't any competitiveness at all with all of us, it was a really good time.

Polly Aldrich

yes I like the commet from Roy Bradley.   Parents behind a fence but forgot the muzzels so they cant talk

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