Last summer, my youngest was on a recreational basketball league. The league didn't even keep score in its games. For some reason, the coach was mean to my little guy. He wouldn't put him in the games. I wasn't happy about it and I let him know it. There are a lot of crazy mothers out there. Dads too. Most parents have a little crazy in us, particularly when we think our child has been wronged.
But today I read an online story on parentdish about a mom who went way too far in making things right for her kid.
Janet Chiauzzi, an East Meadow, N.Y. mom, has been arrested and charged with stalking, falsely reporting an incident, endangering the welfare of a child and aggravated harassment, allegedly because her son did not make a summer baseball travel team. Chiauzzi allegedly threatened the Little League official she deemed responsible, sending letters that accused him of physical and verbal abuse.
She writes: "I know where your wife works ... I know where your daughter goes to school and your son's normal every day routine. ... Just tell your wife and kids to watch themselves, especially at night."
This may seem a bit insane, but in some ways, kids sports have become insane. I think we're breeding a generation of ultra-competitive kids, parents and coaches.
Readers, what do you think? Is this crazed mom one of many out there or does she typify the worst of the competitive world of parenting and sports?