I was reading an older forum in the archives here about Mira Leung, and apparently she had one of those interfering mothers who many think hampered her daughters chances, it sounds like Caroline Zhang may have also had an interfering mother, and a comment I saw inferred the same of Sasha Cohen's mother (Don't know if it's true). Why do you think parents interfere with their child's career? Is skating really what these parents one, more than the kids? How should coaches handle the parents?
Also, is it a good idea for a parent to coach their child? I think it would depend on the situation. Sometimes it can be a very bad idea, the most infamous being Surya and her mother. Surya's coach was never a skater and so couldn't teach the basics. However, in other cases it works. Krisztina Czako of Hungary was coached by her father, I think Yuka Sato was coached by her parents. In these cases, the parents were also skaters.
What are your thoughts?