katielee's picture

How old is too old to hunt Easter Eggs?

My stepdaughter is 12 and is as tall as I am. I have two baby granddaughters and I planned to have an Easter Egg Hunt for them at my house on Easter. SD12 is not even supposed to be here; she will be at her mom's, but my DH is asking if he should bring her home early for the hunt. Seriously, DH? You want that humongous kid to hunt eggs with my toddler/preschool granddaughters? I told him he could do something for her if he wanted to but she could not participate in the egg hunt I am planning for a 3 & 5 year old.

So my question is this...how old is too old to hunt Easter Eggs? My kids stopped around 9 or 10.

morethanibargainedfor's picture

I think it depends on the kid

I think it depends on the kid and the situation. If there will be other kids around and if she was already going to be there then I see no problem with her joining in. But to bring her there solely for the egg hunt is a little unnecessary. She's a bit old. My niece is 10 and she's not really interested anymore.
SD13 wants us to do an egg hunt for her and I basically told SO that he can do it if he wants but i'm not. It would be different if there were younger kids around for her to do it with, but she would be doing it alone. That's just weird.

steponmeagain's picture

My daughter is doing one this

My daughter is doing one this year at 10. SS almost 19 still does them and no one sees a problem with it except me.

tabby yabba do's picture

I'd recruit the SD12 to help

I'd recruit the SD12 to help with the hunt, hide eggs, help the kids, take pictures, whatever might interest her? Tell DH, "It's embarrassing for SD12 to participate like a toddler. Let's not let that happen. Convince her to help out instead?!"

The overbearing style of parenting is always about meeting the emotional need of the parent, not the child. Parenting is not only loving/protecting, it is about teaching children self-sufficiency and how to function out in the world - Cadence

ktq's picture

Yeah... IF SD was gonna be

Yeah... IF SD was gonna be there... I think I'd do as Tabby suggested.

There's one in our town. Believe the cut off is 3rd grade.

askYOURdad's picture

Agreed, once kids reach the

Agreed, once kids reach the age of not believing, it's time for them to be included in another way.

"Common sense is a flower that doesn't grow in everyone's garden."

Justforthis's picture

I've done them, at my age.

I've done them, at my age. There are adult ones, there are ones held at ski resorts, etc & those are usually 12 & up. I see nothing wrong with an egg hunt for older people, I see a problem with a 12 year old competing with a 3 & 5 year old!

Fire_Inside's picture

We all hunt for eggs here.

We all hunt for eggs here. Even DH and I. Lol. He hides the green ones for me. I hide blue or yellow for him. We hide another color for SS14. DH hides them in very tricky places. One year I couldn't find the final egg, and he couldn't remember where he had placed it. One if the dogs found in a couple weeks later, but I'm not sure where.

My point is that Easter egg hunts are a form of play. It's a game. Some people no matter how old like to participate in these types of things. If she wasn't going to be there anyway, I wouldn't invite her solely for this purpose, but if she's there, I see no problem with a humongous kid joining in the fun.

Everything happens for a reason. Sometimes that reason is you are stupid and make bad choices.

keepitsimplestupid's picture

Um, 12. 12 is too old for an

Um, 12. 12 is too old for an Easter egg hunt, IMO. Especially since she'll be up against a 3 and 5 year old. Talk about putting the younger ones at a disadvantage.

DaizyDuke's picture

I would say she's too old to

I would say she's too old to COMPETE with the 3 and 5 year olds. BUT, not too old for you to hide special eggs for her. So maybe hide some purple eggs for her in some harder to find spots?

I'm not sure how well behaved she is, but last year at my church they hid Easter Eggs for BS4 (we go to a tiny church and there are only 3 kids that go there.. BS4 and 2 gals that are ages 13 and 11) The older girls, actually helped BS4 find is eggs. They were so sweet! The ladies at church had some other eggs (not hidden) to give the girls and they were happy with that. Of course if your SD is an entitled princess this won't work.... Sad

Before you diagnose yourself with low self-esteem or depression, first make sure that you are not, in fact, just surrounding yourself with assholes.

zerostepdrama's picture

Agree... if there were other

Agree... if there were other kids closer to her age. But not with a 3 and 5 year old. And especially since she isn't even scheduled to be there.

Why cant we ever do stuff for our own bios without the skids being included? So annoying.

Treat the Queen of the Castle like shit...you will get banished from the Kingdom.....

katielee's picture

My SD is an entitled princess

My SD is an entitled princess AND she thinks she's five years old. I can see her running all over my granddaughters if she hunts with them. My granddaughters have been well raised and they truly are polite, sweet little princesses (without the entitled and spoiled).

Katie Lee Douglas - winning the battle against Mini-Wife Syndrome

catlettuce's picture

OK, well my parents made us

OK, well my parents made us hunt for eggs and our hidden Easter baskets well into our twenties, LOL! It became a tradition for my mother to hide our basket of chocolate goodies and make us chocoholics do this into adulthood. We had many many laughs and did it to my son too. I only stopped because he went off to college-So..

If it keeps the mood light and is innocent fun why not? Hide her Easter basket somewhere in the house and make her do the "your getting warmer, warmer, Oh nope! your getting cold now-seach mission." It will make for happy memories later.

I still send my kid a Easter basket and he is almost 30. Eye-wink

~Cat

luchay's picture

LMAO - I am with your

LMAO - I am with your parents!

I have always hidden all their eggs.

Older dd's are now 24 (and lives 3000k's away) but dd21 still at home.

When I had 4 at home, oldest dd in her late teens, then no 2 3 years younger, no 3 10 years younger than that and no 4 another 3 years younger - they all had colour coded eggs.

Every egg had a sticker on it - if it wasn't your colour you put it back and kept looking.

If you are in my house and you want eggs you better be prepared to search for them LOL

Mainly my reason for keeping the older girls in it was so that the younger ones didn't question it "why does the bunny hide my eggs but sister gets hers given to her?"

But I see no harm, it's a bit of fun, if you are concerned she'll take all the eggs colour code them. Hide hers in harder higher up places and tell them all - anything below this height is for little people and anything above this height is for bigger people.

We've only had the skids once for Easter so I just did the colour coded thing with all of them, other years (this one included) they will have the same eggs as the dd's, but just given to them after Easter.

catlettuce's picture

And to add you can color

And to add you can color code the eggs so each child has the same number of eggs to find-instruct older SD to not tell younger ones if she sees where one of their eggs are hidden.

It's just for fun-it'll be fine :0)
~Cat

anotherstep's picture

I like the colorcoded eggs

I like the colorcoded eggs hidden in tougher areas idea. The image of a big kid mowing down toddlers to get the easy eggs sitting in the middle of the lawn is just distasteful and I think anyone but the most Disney of parents would get that. (Although there will certainly be some who think this is perfectly fine! LOL)

JustAgirl42's picture

"he image of a big kid mowing

"he image of a big kid mowing down toddlers to get the easy eggs sitting in the middle of the lawn is just distasteful"

Thanks, that made me Laughing out loud !

anotherstep's picture

Glad I gave you a giggle! I

Smiling Glad I gave you a giggle! I was laughing too when I wrote it with the image in my head.

Heckfire-n-Tarnation's picture

Hell, I'd hunt eggs if

Hell, I'd hunt eggs if somebody would hide 'em for me. LoL It's just a bit of fun. It's a holiday, for pity's sake. I'd say let her enjoy but...

Sounds like the other kids doing it are much younger, and being 12 gives her a pretty unfair advantage over them.

When I was growing up, my SIL would do the coolest Easters: Anyone who wasn't a teenager (pre-teens were allowed to pick) could help hide the eggs (real eggs and plastic ones full of candy) and the little ones could go hunt for them. Invariably, they wouldn't find them all, and that's when the older kids (the teens) would go "help". It was pretty drama-free. Oooo, and after, she'd get the little ones set up with their candy and a movie or whatever and she'd go out alone and hide eggs full of cash (one of which always contained $100, a few with $20, a few more with $10 or $5 and a bunch with $1 or $.50) for the grown-ups and teenagers to hunt down. Clearly not suggesting you do the grown-up hunt - my oldest brother was the 1st in the family to "make it outta the poor house", and I guess he didn't play around. Sure as hell isn't a tradition I'll be carrying on for them once they "retire". LoL I just always thought it was cool as hell growing up. We all chomped at the bit to finally be old enough to look for the "money eggs" when we found out what the older folks were getting up to out there while we watched movies and gorged ourselves on chocolate.

Point being, maybe she'd be equally interested in the more "adult" side of it all - hiding the eggs and "helping" with the ones the little ones don't turn up. Then again, maybe not. Either way, 12 is still just a kid - but a bit too old, probably, for people to go out of their way to include her in an activity meant for littles.

foreverstacey's picture

I'd be the one pushing your

I'd be the one pushing your grand daughters out of the way just to get those eggs! Competitive over here!

zerostepdrama's picture

Ha Ha!

Ha Ha!

Treat the Queen of the Castle like shit...you will get banished from the Kingdom.....

Goincrazy40's picture

HUMPH!! The kids at my MIL's

HUMPH!! The kids at my MIL's will be hunting eggs. The fake kind. ONLY because MIL puts MONEY in them. Said kids are 11 up to 16. It is sickening. They would not have anything to do with this if not for the money.

My DH will do the same damn thing in my house Easter morning. He will blabber about how "cute" it is. Skids will practically kill each other to find the eggs over the money. Not cute DH… not even a little bit SS is 14 almost 15. SD is 12 almost 13.

“Craziness is doing the same thing and expecting a different result” - Tom DeMarco

katielee's picture

Oh yeah...SD12 definitely

Oh yeah...SD12 definitely expects money in the eggs. IF we do a hunt for her, and that is a big "if", I guaran-damn-tee you those eggs will NOT have money in them. Period.

Katie Lee Douglas - winning the battle against Mini-Wife Syndrome

goodtimes's picture

Apparently the cut off around

Apparently the cut off around here is 40!?!?! SD20 is coming over this weekend and I had to do up an easter basket for her and fill a bunch of extra eggs for her Shocked

Discipline your children now, or prison guards will do it for you later... it's your choice.

luchay's picture

I'm tempted to hide them for

I'm tempted to hide them for OH too, and tell him to hide mine, it's just FUN people. Adults and teens can have fun too... even skids are allowed some fun. Even MY skids are allowed some fun - OMG did I just say that - quick take my temperature I must be sick..... Evil