Handling Competitive Moms

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It's that time of year where parents gather to watch their children play a friendly sport. At least, that's what we hope to see out on the playing field; friendliness. However, sometimes it's not the children playing we have to be concerned about; it's the parents on the sidelines.

The old stereotype of the "soccer mom" has become somewhat of a negative one, depicting this woman who stands on the sidelines not cheering but ranting. If your child plays sports, the chances are great that you will run into one of these competitive moms. Here are some friendly ways to handle a competitive mom whether it's on the soccer field, at school or someone you are meeting for coffee.

What makes a competitive mom?

What do we mean by the term "competitive mom"? Is it a woman who simply wants the best for her child, or does it go deeper than just encouraging and motivating a child?

A competitive mom tends to be one who feels her child has special rights and privileges. She may believe that her child is superior to other children. No one else can compare to the special feats that her child can perform. These women are also very difficult to communicate with, especially if you disagree.

Keep in mind that for many competitive moms, this began long before her child was ever able to play a sport. It usually begins when the child is an infant. Her child never cried, slept better, talked sooner and the list goes on.

Understanding this helps you to realize that changing a competitive mom is virtually an impossible feat. You will not be able to convince this type of mom the error of her ways. She will probably end up having to learn this the hard way.