Why can't beginning skating be more like beginning lacrosse?
Every Sunday afternoon, I sit outside on a lawn chair amidst other parents and their dogs, while my 8 year-old and 6 year-old play in a beginning lacrosse league. No one is screaming at their child and people seem to be genuinely relaxed. Parents chat, without comparing their child to others on the team. No one "scouts" other children to assess their child's "competition" at the next game.
Lacrosse is downright normal. How does that work?
Perhaps my kids are just not at a competitive level in this sport, and the cutthroat Momzilla behavior doesn't start until later.
Still, I have seen (and experienced) Momzilla behavior at the lowest levels of figure skating achievement. So that can't be the whole story.
Is it the glitter and rhinestone glue that causes skating Momzillas to suffer brain damage? Certainly, there is no glitter in lacrosse, even in girls' lacrosse, while little skating dresses seem to be full of the stuff. I think everyone knows just how I feel about glitter. Maybe that is the key.
I'll have to explore this further.