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How to Balance Being a Sports Parent

Raising an exceptional athlete brings highs, lows and lots of windshield time. Four local moms share their stories and experiences.

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Headlines are filled with stories of crazy sports parents who push their kids to the breaking point and lose all perspective.

But for a parent whose child is dedicated to a sport – and maybe even darn good at it – how do you tow the line between supporting your child's athletic ability and not going overboard? How do you NOT become one of those nutjobs that takes all of the joy out of your child's passion? And how do you balance the demands of having a star athlete with the daily realities of everyday life?

Here, four moms behind high-level area athletes tell us about the demands of their child's athletics as well as the benefits reaped from the time, cost and commitment required for their child to excel. They share the good, the bad and the ugly about bringing up a champion.

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