Momzillas who coach are a common feature of every sport, and widely featured in television and films. In the entertainment industry these coaching Momzillas - who are often dads, depending on the sport - are the worst of the genre. They are the ones who drive their kids to eating disorders and a lifetime of supporting the psychiatry industry, and away from all efforts to achieve societal accolades and a decent living.
In real life, as it turns out, Coaching Momzillas are often the most grounded of the bunch. True, there are always exceptions. But I have several theories. The most prevalent of these is that after a lifetime of competition, they have finally learned when to quit. Coaching Momzillas have a unique perspective on the other insane Momzilla behavior in their respective sports, and recognize that there is no way they could ever compete with the world-class Momzillas. So they don't.
I hope that somewhere in the picture, Coaching Momzillas are able to recognize and promote healthy childhood behavior in their own children, as well as their students.
With this in mind, it is with great hope and no small amount of trepidation that I prepare for my kids' summer competition season. This summer, we are going to a major training center where the Momzillas are reportedly fierce and the coaches are very successful. Will the two species meet? And what will they look like?
As the weather gets warmer, tune in for the ongoing details of this, and other sagas, including the Spying Momzilla, who spends more time watching her kid's competitors rather than her own child's program. Forrest Gump totally had it right. And not just the part about the chocolates.