While some parents get their children involved in skating with the sole motivation of cashing in on their skater’s fame, others are unaware of the complex world that they are entering when their son or daughter becomes a competitive figure skater. These parents appear to get caught up in trying to help their child succeed by pushing them too hard. I believe much of this extreme behavior these parents exhibit comes from a place of love.
It’s understandable how they might feel helpless in the sport and want to grasp on to any sort of control to help their child’s career. The problem is, though, that most parents don’t realize how their effort to help their child can instead have the opposite effect.