Falls Church News-Press: In all my years in athletics, I have been witness to some amazing family dynamics. You have the supportive parents whose only goal is to help their child succeed and be proud of coming in last as long as they did a good job, and then you have the parents who beat their kids in the parking lot if they lose the race by half a second or resort to public shame by screaming that their kids are idiots or disgusting if they fail to score that crucial goal in an under-9 hockey game. When you’re the kid you don’t understand that your parents or your friends parents are crazy, but as I’ve gotten older it is unnerving how many parents are putting their own hopes and dreams into their kids and how often physical and verbal abuse are written off as “being a tough parent willing their kid to succeed.” What these “tough parents” are, are stage parents.

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