Tillman's first Easter went pretty well!
Next year, I hope he will be more "in to" the egg hunting. I might have to set up a few egg hunts at the house for practice rounds, so he can learn the ropes! When carrying him out to his hunt location, my heart was pounding (my competitiveness was coming out). In my head I was strategizing. At the same time, I'm thinking to myself "Meredith, he's a baby...he's not going to hunt."
As Nick and I discussed, my competitiveness comes out because I want to see him/Tillman succeed and do well. Yes, it is only an egg hunt, but you should see the parents out there...its RUTHLESS! There is one thing that we are going to TRY to do different from those ruthless parents, we're going to teach Tillman how to hunt on his own (with a little guidance of course). Tillman will be far more successful if he learns to do it on his own. If he get 5 eggs and the other child who has 3 adults helping gets 30, then I know and will be proud that he did it HIMSELF! I'll slip him a 5 (dollar bill) when we get to the car (the usual prize for the most eggs)! In this situation it is JUST an egg hunt, but I think that parents get so competitive and want their child to "win," but sometimes can loose sight of the child being independent and learning to succeed on their own. Is it worth getting excited for your child if you wrote their A+ paper or hunted all the eggs yourself?
Funny the philosophical parenting topics that come out of a simple egg hunt!