on those crazy moms -n- dads …

Coaching a team of middle school debaters is a total time vortex, but generally it's an experience that is really rewarding and fun.  The kids learn a ton of stuff about lots of interesting topics, they learn great thinking skills, and they learn how to present themselves with confidence and poise (kind of like a beauty pageant with brains …).  The main part of debate coaching that sucks is that a very small percentage of mommies and daddies are WAY TOO invested in their children's debate careers. 

If you've seen that creepy show on TLS, Toddlers and Tiaras, you kind of get what I'm talking about (thankfully, our mommies and daddies are nowhere near THAT nuts). I like the kid part of teaching and coaching, but the mommy and daddy part … Not so much …

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