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I think this is an issue both in academic and athletic administration and I think it relates to some threads on here.

"She continued, “Administration always seems to err on the side of keeping the parent happy, which leaves me with no way to do the job I was hired to do ... teach kids.”"


If you are a coach and this doesn't ring true for you, be thankful for your AD.

For the rest of society, yeah, you are crippling your kids with your hovering protectionism

Mark H

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You have the extremes of the pendulum swing these days.  At one end are those parents who have little to no involvement in their children's lives. At the other end are those parents who have too much involvement.  We used to call them "helicopter parents" but that has morphed to another level to what my daughter calls "lawn mower parents" and a professional counselor at my university calls "bulldozer parents." These people clear the path for their little darlings so they never have to struggle in their day to day lives, negating the opportunity to learn how to both succeed and fail, as well as learn tenacity and hard work from real life situations.

And, there is the other type, where the parents put undo stress on their children to succeed, and every effort is never good enough. Nothing like an adult trying to live vicariously through their children's success.

Steve Rhodes
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