Courtesy of Elizabeth Wickham
My kids have always been good sleepers. I never had an issue with bedtime.
Homework. Swimmers don’t have time to procrastinate. They often work ahead.
Hard Work. They value working hard. Success came to them, not through raw talent, but through their work ethic.
Accountability. Swimming taught my kids accountability for their actions. Our coach illustrated how attendance affected his senior group in terms of percentages of best times. The numbers did not lie.
Goal Setting. Swimmers learn this skill early on trying for a red or blue time or a JO cut and beyond.
Toughness. Swimming gives kids self-confidence. Swimmers are tough physically and mentally.
Stress. Meets teach swimmers how to handle stress. A former swimmer said her coworkers marvel at how calm she stays while they freak out over deadlines. “Deadlines are nothing compared to being the anchor on a relay at Nationals or standing on the blocks at Trials,” she said.
Friendships. Not only with teammates, but throughout our LSC, and college team. I’m talking about my kids’ friendships, and mine, too! Swimming is a family.
Rewards. My daughter told me that she’s not into “instant gratification.” The whole concept is foreign to her.
Persistence. My kids never give up. On anything. Whether it’s getting into a class that’s full, or landing a show at the college radio station, they will not take no for an answer. Persistence comes after countless hours in the pool, eventually achieving goals.
What are you thankful for as a swim parent?
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: http://bleuwater.me/.