Swim Mom: Traits of Super Swim Parents

Courtesy: Elizabeth Wickham

There are swim parents that we love being around. We can’t wait to sit with them at meets and cheer together for our kids. These parents are positive, fun and helpful team players. Then there are others who are more self-involved, focused only on their child and can spread disharmony in the stands. Take a look at great parents and see what makes them stand out from others. We can all learn from them.

Here are 11 traits super swim parents share:


Are supportive of their kids and offer unconditional love — regardless of personal bests or adding time.


They get their children to practice consistently.


They don’t compare their swimmers to others.


They are open and inviting to newer swim parents.


You won’t see them gossiping on the pool deck.


Are interested in how their children’s friends are doing.


If there’s a job that needs doing, no matter how big or small, they’ll step up.


They will help out families who can’t take their kids to a meet or practice.


They’re supportive and loyal to their children’s team.


They always have a positive comment or thought and leave the negativity behind.


They understand their role as a parent and let the coaches coach.

What other traits do you notice in super swim parents?

Elizabeth Wickham volunteered for 14 years on her kids’ club team as board member, fundraiser, newsletter editor and “Mrs. meet manager.” She’s a writer with a bachelor of arts degree in editorial journalism from the University of Washington with a long career in public relations, marketing and advertising. Her stories have appeared in newspapers and magazines including the Los Angeles Times, Orange County Parenting and Ladybug. You can read more parenting tips on her blog.

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How can u tell people are gossiping on the pool deck? How do u know what they are talking about??

Mirror anyone?

Because gossip gets around. People that troll mom-columnists on swimswam are usually the biggest problems on a team.


Gossip only gets around if u participate
Mirror on the wall
Not trolling anyone
Preaching gets old


Parents shouldn’t be on the pool deck


I know the article is about swim parents, not just swim moms, but as the title is “Swim Mom: …,” you wouldn’t expect a few swim dads to COMPLETELY dominate the picture.

Swim Mom refers to Elizabeth.


“They don’t compare their swimmers to others”
like…. NEVER?

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