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CGM = Crazy Gym Mom
The CGM has a bad reputation, sometimes honestly earned, for being a little over the top, pushing their child too hard, wanting success more for themselves than their child and worst of all undermining and overstepping with the coach.
Yes, those parents are out there for sure and you will know one when you see them and steer clear if you get the chance. But, I think everyone has a little CGM in them. Nobody is perfect. We all worry, we all question, we all say the wrong thing sometimes. But I do believe that most of us, even at our craziest have only the best intentions and love for our child.
In my many years involved in this sport I have noticed that every parent and every coach and even every little gymnast has their very own personal crazy and that it is impossible to hide it from those also involved in this sport.
So let your CGM flag fly high and let's learn from one another, embrace our own and each other's bits of crazy and find some love, acceptance and respect for one another.