When you have an egg hunt do you make rules for how many eggs each kid gets?
When I taught younger kids, and we did a hunt at school, I was the only teacher that didn't. We had a discussion before hand about sharing and told the kids to keep an eye on each other baskets and when a classmate looked low to help them hunt before getting more for yourself.
It worked out pretty well. Of course some kids ended up with more than others. But everyone would get a decent amount and none of the kids were ever upset.
We will be having a family egg hunt tomorrow here. My four year old is the youngest. There are 4 other kids between 7 and 9. One of the nine year olds in particular has been super greedy in years past. Last year my little guy only got a couple and she couldn't even fit hers in the basket. He was happy with what he had though.
He told me today he's worried he won't get any eggs because he's the littlest. My mom wants us to set a limit so the bigger kids won't get all the eggs before he can. But to me that reeks of the "everyone gets a trophy" mentality where parents insulate kids from life disappointments and set them up with totally unrealistic expectations.
What do you think? How do you handle it in your family?
We went ahead and just let nature take it's course. The same cousin who hoarded the eggs last year ended up with far more than anyone else. My little guy had the least by a long shot. But that's OK. He was happy with what he had and had a blast.