Elizabeth Wickham

Why kids should go on travel trips

Not every team offers travel trips, but if yours does, your kids will benefit from them. Team travel means swimmers travel to a meet or other activity that is planned or supervised by the team or LSC—without mom and dad driving and staying with their kids.

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Swim Mom: Three Reasons Why Kids Need Morning Practice

In addition to improving their swimming, here are three ways kids benefit with morning practice.

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10 Things That Make a Swim Meet Great

For parents who drive to meets to watch for countless hours, what makes some meets stand out from others? Why are some meets more fun?

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How Can Parents Encourage a Mindset of a Champion?

Here are a few tips about encouraging a growth mindset in our kids.

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12 Hints You Might Be a Hovering, Helicopter Swim Parent

Here are 12 things we may do around the pool our kids should take over as they grow. Some we should never do.

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What Keeps Kids Coming Back to the Pool?

What are the motivating factors that keep our children interested in swimming? Why do they want to stick with a sport that is so demanding with practice before and after school, plus weekends for 50 weeks a year?

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Four Reasons Why Swim Parents Should Act Like Grandparents

Have you ever heard that swim parents should act more like grandparents? My dad—a grandpa—approaches swim meets very differently. I believe if I could adopt his outlook, I’d be calmer and happier at swim meets.

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Should Parents Encourage Kids to Take Recruit Trips?

Here are three ways student-athletes look at prospective schools and why they should go on recruit trips.

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3 Mistakes Swim Parents Should Never Make

Maybe there are perfect swim parents out there, but some of us need to remember that swimming offers many life lessons. Step back, let your kids learn and have fun. You will, too. Here are three tips on what swim parents should never do…

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4 Parent Tips About Hard Work Vs. Talent

We all have seen the naturally gifted kids at the pool. But what if our child is not as talented?

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Does Your Child Want To Swim In College?

If your child wants to swim in college there are several things for parents to consider. First—the most important question is—does your child want to swim in college—or, is this what you want?

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12 Parent Tips on How to Behave at Swim Practice

I haven’t been the perfect swim parent. I’ve learned from my own mistakes, plus from watching other parents. If you’re an involved swim parent, you’ve seen interesting days on the pool deck, with new parents and more seasoned ones.

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9 Ways Summers Are Different for Swim Families

Sunshine, sleeping in, family vacations and lazy days are what most people love about summer. For swimmers, coaches and families—not so much.

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9 Things Parents of Distance Swimmers Know

As the parent of distance swimmers, my days at meets are decidedly different from parents of sprinters.

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Are Parents Adding to Performance Pressure?

I believe our children experience more pressure to perform in their sports and academics today than we did. What can we do to help our children with performance pressure?

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