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By unknown | Feb 25, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Nthabisang Moreosele

Nthabisang Moreosele

Mothers who are actively involved in their children's schooling have been praised for their role.

But what happens when a mother's overreaching ambition for her children to do well boils over into abuse? A mother who bullies teachers into giving her children better marks or a place in the soccer team?

These mothers have been nicknamed Attila the Mom. They can stunt their children's growth and turn them into fearful adults who lack self-esteem.

Malcom Law, the managing administrator of Abbotts Colleges, says Attilla the Mom raises children who do not learn that sometimes they are not the best in a certain field.

He says such mothers exist in all racial and class groups.

US Governor Sarah Palin has been described as Attila the mom for her treatment of her children and the way she rules Alaska.

She used her considerable weight as a parent to force her daughter to become engaged to the boy who made her pregnant. She also forced her daughter, by "talking" to her, not to abort the child. Although both mother and daughter have denied the allegations, rumours persist.

Law said pushy mothers are growing in number because children are expected to perform in a highly competitive world.

He said that some fathers may join their wives in pushing their children and teachers about.


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