Sunshine, sleeping in, family vacations and lazy days are what most people love about summer. For swimmers, coaches and families—not so much.
As the parent of distance swimmers, my days at meets are decidedly different from parents of sprinters.
I believe our children experience more pressure to perform in their sports and academics today than we did. What can we do to help our children with performance pressure?
Where do we cross the line from being supportive, to being “overly involved?” Look around at a swim meet and see if you can spot “those” parents. Then, take a look in the mirror and check to see what kind of swim parent you are.
Why do our kids swim? What keeps them motivated to return to the pool day after day?
For more than 90 Saturday’s between June and late July, I always knew where I would be — on a 14 -year journey that showed me what community and compassionate mean in the busy rush of our 21st Century lives. This summer I am former summer swim parent.
When your child goes off to college, the experience of swim parenting will change. Be prepared for a new role as the parent of a collegiate student-athlete.
“Parents today are out of control,” say a number of swim coaches. Don’t get me wrong; club coaches do appreciate us. They say, “We wouldn’t be able to exist without parents. Most parents are great.” Followed by, “But…”