Courtesy of Elizabeth Wickham
Swimming teaches our children so many life lessons on a daily basis. They learn time management, perseverance, discipline, goal setting, plus develop character and grit. Through the process of a tough schedule with heavy physical demands, our children expand their accomplishments and possibilities. Someday their swim careers will be over, but they’ll take wonderful memories of best times, fun with teammates, plus all the life skills swimming has given them.
Here are ten reasons why swimmers are the best kids:
They are too tired to get into trouble. They’d rather be tucked into bed watching Netflix than going out late at night.
They have unbelievable appetites and are open to trying new things. In fact, they’ll eat pretty much whatever you put in front of them.
They are clean. They get a daily rinse in chlorine as well as take long showers.
They are good students. They know they won’t have time—or will be too tired to do homework later—so they work ahead and try to get homework done before practice.
They’re comfortable around adults. They communicate with coaches, other swim parents and officials regularly.
They’ve experienced failure and know it’s not the end of the world. They understand that there’s another chance and with hard work, they can do better.
They’re strong and fit. Working out is something their bodies crave and they’re in better shape than most of their classmates.
They are there for their teammates and friends. If someone is upset or has a problem, they’re more than willing to listen and help out. They also have fun with their friends and can make hours at a meet pass by with silliness and laughter.
They are confident. They put in long hours and hard work to reach their goals. With each improvement along the way, they build self-confidence.
We know their swim friends and their families—and that they are good kids we want our children to hang out with.
Why do you think swimmers are the best kids?
Elizabeth Wickham volunteered for 14 years on her kids’ club team as board member, fundraiser, newsletter editor and “Mrs. meet manager.” She’s a writer with a bachelor of arts degree in editorial journalism from the University of Washington with a long career in public relations, marketing and advertising. Her stories have appeared in newspapers and magazines including the Los Angeles Times, Orange County Parenting and Ladybug. You can read more parenting tips on her blog.