You may think this reply is sarcastic, mean, whatever, but we'll address that in a second. 1. Susie's Mom might come across as the most affable parent you've ever met, as she plunges her knife into your kidney. Sally's Mom might be the one you dread getting a text from because she questions every. single. decision. but all she really wants is an explanation for why she, as a minimum-wage-earner, has to take a second job to pay for her kid's cheer shoes. And warmups. And camp. And new uniform. And bows and socks and more bows and choreography and bows and sparkly shoelaces and practice wear and bows. Assuredly, if you tell her that your reasoning behind all the new "stuff" is because you just "like it better," Sally's Mom will not be happy and she might cuss you out. 2. Parents can be your greatest advocate or your worst enemy. You choose. 3. If you approach cheer as an activity that ALWAYS comes secondary to education, community service, respect for self and others, no parent can resist that. 4. FOLLOW THROUGH. Communicate your intentions clearly and professionally. Don't promise it if you can't deliver it. 5. If you need help, let them know. 6. State your expectations up-front. Don't fluff people and blow smoke. It's a sign of weakness and insecurity and Moms can smell it a mile away. 7. Follow your own expectations, times 10. If you expect the athletes to be on time, you make sure you're early. If you expect no talking during practice, stay the **** off your Twitter, and put your phone in a bag, away from sight. 8. Don't ever, ever think for one single moment that all parents are the same or that you've seen it all. Curve balls will be thrown. Be adaptable, listen, and find solutions together. And finally, this thread you started is a good one. Your grammar and writing style are better here, too. Remember that I chose to ignore you on your other threads because you sounded, well, juvenile. But this one was relevant, thought-out and edited better (with the exception of the teal name-drop, but whatever.) See, that's just how some parents are. If you sound uninformed, I won't give you a chance. If you express yourself in a concise manner, I may listen and have some tips to help. Listen to parents concerns. If you don't have a good answer or explanation, then say that, but follow through by getting an answer. Always.