Elizabeth Wickham

Little Things That Count In Swimming

Whether it’s a t-shirt, cap or a bag tag, these little things in swimming mean a whole lot to our swimmers.

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4 Tips for Swim Parents on Why We Shouldn’t Coach Our Kids

If you are a coach and your son or daughter is on your team, this article is not for you. This is for us on the sidelines, the parents who give their swimmers tips, thinking we’ll help our kids improve. This is where the old adage, “coaches coach, swimmers swim and parents parent” comes into play.

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Shirley Babashoff To Headline Southern Pacific Masters Clinic

The 2017 Southern Pacific Masters Swimming Coaches Clinic will feature Olympic gold medalist Shirley Babashoff and legendary coaches Mark Schubert and Jim Montrella.

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Things To Say – Or Not To Say – To Your Swimmers

When I was a newer swim mom, I’d get all excited at meets and blurt out something to my kids that I’d later regret.

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How Can I Inspire My Child In Swimming?

Like many swim parents, I was never a swimmer myself—unless one or two summers taking Red Cross lessons counts.

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6 Reasons to Become a Swim Family

Here are several reasons why we were attracted to the pool at the beginning of our aquatic adventure…

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5 Tipps wie Schwimmer-Eltern Konflikte mit Trainern lösen können

Die Amerikanerin Elizabeth Wickham ist eine richtige “Schwimmer-Mutter”: 14 Jahre lang hat sie als Freiwillige im Schwimmverein ihrer Kinder mitgeholfen,…

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11 Tips for Swim Parents on What Our Kids Need to Know Before College

Independence is one of the greatest gifts we can give our children. Let’s get them prepared for their next great adventure. Here’s my list of the “top things kids need to know before going to college.”

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Do You Have A Team Of Givers Or Takers?

People in any organization, whether it’s your workplace or kid’s swim team, come in many shapes, sizes and personalities.

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12 Signs Your Child Is Passionate About Swimming

Thankfully, swimming is sport that can last a lifetime. If a child is truly passionate about swimming, they will swim through grade school, high school, college and beyond in masters and open water swimming.

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4 Tips To Find Balance As A Swim Parent

Swimming is a sport that requires balance: balance in the water in terms of body position, balance with academics and a social life, and balance for busy parents and a family life.

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6 Tips on How to Be a Happy Swim Parent

We need to be encouraging when things aren’t going so swimmingly. I truly believe if we enjoy the process, our kids will, too.

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4 Tips To Avoid Being A Helicopter Swim Parent

What could possibly go wrong with ensuring our children’s lives are smooth and saving them from costly mistakes? Studies show that kids of helicopter parents often suffer at school and in the workplace.

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4 Tips For Swim Parents About Visiting Other Teams

If you’re going out of town, ask your coach for a recommendation of a team to train with. If your coach doesn’t have a connection, look up teams on USA Swimming’s website.

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8 Swim Parent Tips to Help Your Child Overcome Anxiety at Meets

What can we do to help our kids overcome anxiety when they’re racing at swim meets? When my son was in the 11-12 age group, he would get so scared at meets. I’d watch him turn pale and physically shut down.

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