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…”
Have you noticed that swimming lingo works its way into other areas of your life? Here are seven expressions swim parents use in everyday life that relate to swimming.
Through the years of swim parenting, there are many milestones from the first time your child wins their heat to signing day for college.
In a recent webinar by parenting expert David Benzel, from Growing Champions for Life, he offered several tips for having better conversations with our kids about their sports. Benzel works with many sports organizations including USA Swimming.
How many more swimming programs will be cut in the NCAA before the swimming community steps up and stops the madness? I woke up this morning to the latest tragedy and shed a few tears. I cried for the young adults who made a commitment to the school to have their dreams dashed right before the school year ends? Really? The school did not know this until end of April.
We are famous in the world of swimming for tossing around Champion like it is some badge of honor for the most elite for those who can compete at the highest levels and win.
The GOAT’s mom is asked constantly for the secret to success. Her answer? Parents parent, coaches coach, and swimmers swim.
As swim parents, there may be an afternoon or early morning when our children don’t want to
go to practice.
As we all know, the most important people our child encounters in their swim journey are teammates and coaches. The coaches are there to teach, and to bring out the best in every swimmer.
When it’s conference time, parents have a fun time celebrating their teams and swimmers with gifts, cheers, goodie bags and get-togethers.
Just returned from my first Conference Champs in the NCAA where swimmers actually competed with athletes in another conference – an opportunity to make new friends, test your endurance, and observe the sport from a new perspective.
During my children’s age group years, there were always a few parents that I didn’t “get.”