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.
I’ve missed some swim practices lately and I regret it. I found out that it’s hard to get back into the pool after getting out of the groove. I’ve seen this play over and over with kids, too.
Here are five leadership traits learned through swimming…
I’m definitely a “glass half full” person. I don’t like negative talk on the pool deck because I understand there isn’t a perfect team, perfect coach or perfect swimmer.
“A coach once told me that his favorite swim parents are the ones who jump in and help–wherever they are needed–and don’t expect anything in return. Keep that in mind, especially at swim meets.”
For my entire lifetime as a parent, I have been a swim mom. I can probably count the races that I have missed on one hand and always for reasons out of my control. Until now.
This weekend we took my baby to college, set up her dorm room, and she begins a brand new journey as an NCAA athlete.
Today is my birthday. My 14th Year as a swim mom and I’ll spend it at a meet.
Soon it will be May and the final days of your senior year will be a memory. They are flying by at a rapid pace with every week bringing a new last time.
As I near the end of my age group parenting for a swimmer, I’ve had many conversations about what constitutes success in the sport of swimming. I mean real success. Because at the end of the journey the medals and ribbons will be put away, the special cuts will not matter, and you’ll be left with memories.
Last week was another milestone in my daughter’s long swim career when her school held a signing ceremony for athletes headed to college for their sports.