Parent confidential

Most parents aren't as crazy as the cliche ... but the crazies are still out there

Originally Published: June 26, 2013
By Anna Katherine Clemmons, Matthew Ehalt, Dan Friedell, Theresa Manahan, Matthew Muench and Kimberly OHara | ESPN The Magazine

This spring, The Magazine sent out six correspondents to round up parents of a very specific age group: 9 to 13 years old. Why those ages? Because we figured by then kids have stopped chasing butterflies and started chasing travel-team glory, a shift that in the popular imagination turns scores of American sports parents into deranged yellers, stressed-out basket cases -- or possibly both.

The results were surprisingly low blood pressure. In interviews with 340 parents ...

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