What to do when parents and kids are jealous of your superstar

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Well, I could tell you about the time where I did not deal so gracefully with a situation where a parent was jealous of my daughter's success, but I'll spare you. I would say you just have to be cordial. The biggest thing is to let the parents know we're not there to compete against one another. The competition is not against--parent to parent, it's a competition that the kids are participating in and it's our job to make it fun for them. I think if kids can enjoy the competition they're going to have much better results. And so, I would say if you are experiencing, I say, "adult bullying," address the situation very respectfully, very calmly, and then after you've drawn your boundaries trust that the other parents will respect the boundaries that you've set.
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Natalie Hawkins is the mother of Gabrielle Douglas, 2012 Olympic All-Around Gold Medalist.  Virginia Beach native and single mother of 4, Hawkins faced many struggles putting Gabrielle through Olympic training, giving up everything she had to see her daughter succeed.  Hawkins allowed her daughter to leave their Virginia Beach home and close family bonds to pursue her dreams, train with Chow's Gymnastics in Iowa, and become the Olympian she is today.  Hawkins has since been honored in the P&G “Thank You Moms” campaign. 

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