The day before the big competition, Hawkins offered Douglas some much-needed advice. She told her daughter, "You're a super conqueror... you don't have to prove anybody wrong." She also reminded Douglas that she has been given a special talent and that it's up to her to use it.
Comparing Natalie Hawkins to the mothers of, say, Dance Moms might be comparing apples to oranges, but I'm going to do it anyway. Whereas the mothers on other reality shows instigate pointless (and probably scripted) drama that stresses their daughters out, Hawkins makes every effort to ensure that her daughter is calm and collected before competitions. Equipping Douglas with the right mindset cannot be easy for Hawkins, who arguably gets even more stressed out than her daughter. But she understands the importance of family support and is willing to do whatever it takes to position her daughter for success.
I would love to see more shows like Douglas Family Gold. Yes, we're only one episode in, and yes, drama could be in the show's future, but I have a good feeling that Hawkins will continue to rally around Douglas and show the world what being a gymnastics mom is all about.
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