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.
My kids started swimming with our club team when they were five and seven years old. Looking back, I am not the same swim parent that I was back then—and thank goodness for that!
A scholarship is a wonderful bonus, but by focusing on it, children may view swimming as work rather than a great life experience.
In this decade and a half of being a swim mom, I’ve learned so much about sportsmanship, winning, losing, and embracing the moments.
Now that my youngest is swimming in college, I’m nostalgic for my kids’ age group years.
What’s the first thing most parents do if their child loses, doesn’t make their cut, or has a flat out bad swim? We talk.