When you look around the pool deck, you’ll recognize a variety of parent types. We’re most likely a combination of a few or many. What type of swim parent are you?
As the mom of a freshman college swimmer, the role that I play in her beloved swimming has changed so dramatically these last six to seven months.
“Southern California Swimming’s House of Delegates voted unanimously to prohibit the wearing of ‘Tech’ suits in Age Group competition at committee level (BRW), invitationals, dual/tri and intrasquads.”
We’ve all seen the not-so-great swim parent. You know, the one yelling at their child after a less than perfect swim.
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“Every day, in every way, I’m getting better and better” is a famous positive affirmation by French psychologist and pharmacist Émile Coué, 1857-1926.
Of all the great treasures of swimming, nothing is more important or profoundly character-defining as how an athlete responds as a teammate.
I was asked recently by a new swim parent on how to motivate your swimmer. The short answer is that you cannot motivate your child. Motivation comes from within.
1- “How do I motivate my child when she’s frustrated and doesn’t see progress—and her friends are getting ribbons?”
2 – “My eight-year-old is talented but she doesn’t love swimming as much as she used to—what should I do?”
Do you know what happens when you have more than one swimmer in the family? One of them is bound to be faster, more talented, or more dedicated and achieve more success than their siblings.
My daughter is home on winter break from Davis & Elkins College, her first semester as a student and an NCAA athlete is done.
It’s a good idea to talk about social media with your kids earlier rather than later
I was talking with a mom on our club team whose swimmer is beginning to look at colleges.
Most swim parents are amazing. They’re encouraging, helpful, and ready to volunteer wherever they’re needed. They are fun to be around and we all like having them in our circle of friends.
“Why isn’t my child dropping as much time as so and so?” I hear that all the time—and I’ve felt those thoughts, too.
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