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Tiger Moms Are So Last Year: Meet Lawnmower Mom, the Pushy Parent of 2012


You thought Tiger Mom was tough and helicopter mom a bit overbearing. There's a new parenting style making the rounds, and it's not pretty. Meet Lawnmower Mom: she can be found lurking around the sidelines of her kids sporting events, ready to jump in and "mow" down anything — or anyone — who gets in the way of her lil one. Parents who are a little too invested in their kids' games, screaming and yelling at coaches and arguing with referees, aren't a new concept, but this new breed of aggressive parenting takes the whole inappropriate exchange to a violent, utterly unacceptable new level: there are reports of mothers going so far as to attack other children who they feel have wronged their child in some way.

The "lawnmower mom's" behavior isn't limited to the field; CBS reports that one mother actually encouraged her 12-year-old to brawl with her classmates, and then got in on the action herself, throwing punches. Like helicopter moms, the lawnmower mom believes it's up to her to shepherd her child through life, clearing their path of every obstacle — real or imagined.

Have you ever met a lawnmower parent? How did you handle it?

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aka "psycho mom". one of my daughter's had a mom that was almost a stalker. her and her daughter were so jealous of my daughter that they were scary. ended up moving my daughters school. the final straw was when my child won a local competition (her daughter wasn't in it, & was not involved in this activity on any level) there was an article in the local paper, and the following week my daughters class had a field trip. the mother grabbed my daughter (she was 8) and started shaking her and screaming at her that she thought she was "special" because of the newspaper article. at that point, we were not even aware of the article. psycho mom was not allowed to go to the school or to go on field trips, but she was at birthday parties (who stays at brithday parties for 8 & 9 year olds?)and made comments to other parents about my child cheating. the school had my daughter retake a test because this woman threw a fit over my child getting a higher score on a test than her daughter, and insisted that my child had cheated. that was 4 years ago, and thinking about now, still pisses me off. how weird do you have to be to go after a child?
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