During my children’s age group years, there were always a few parents that I didn’t “get.”
We all can point to valuable life lessons kids learn from swimming such as time management, hard work, good sportsmanship, persistence, goal setting, etc.
One goal of swim parenting is to keep our kids in the water, if that’s what they choose. We don’t want to be one of the reasons why they’ve given up on their dreams and love of swimming.
When you look around the pool deck, you’ll recognize a variety of parent types. We’re most likely a combination of a few or many. What type of swim parent are you?
I was at our team’s Masters meet this weekend and I noticed how the energy was different than at an age group meet. In addition to fewer swimmers and spectators, everyone looked relaxed.
“Southern California Swimming’s House of Delegates voted unanimously to prohibit the wearing of ‘Tech’ suits in Age Group competition at committee level (BRW), invitationals, dual/tri and intrasquads.”
We’ve all seen the not-so-great swim parent. You know, the one yelling at their child after a less than perfect swim.
“Every day, in every way, I’m getting better and better” is a famous positive affirmation by French psychologist and pharmacist Émile Coué, 1857-1926.
As a parent, there are a few things we can do—or not do—to encourage healthy, working relationships between our swimmers and their coaches. Here are my six ways to building better relationships…
If you’ve watched I, Tonya, you’ve witnessed one of the worst sports parents in history. Tonya Harding’s mom started her with a skating coach way too young, was pushy, plus verbally and physically abusive.
The big meet is coming up and your swimmer has been working hard and is ready. Then something unexpected happens.
I was asked recently by a new swim parent on how to motivate your swimmer. The short answer is that you cannot motivate your child. Motivation comes from within.
1- “How do I motivate my child when she’s frustrated and doesn’t see progress—and her friends are getting ribbons?”
2 – “My eight-year-old is talented but she doesn’t love swimming as much as she used to—what should I do?”
The plateau for a swimmer can be a scary time. No matter what your swimmer does, he or she doesn’t drop time. Here are three tips to help your swimmer make it through a plateau…
Die Amerikanerin Elizabeth Wickham ist eine richtige “Schwimmer-Mutter”: 14 Jahre lang hat sie als Freiwillige im Schwimmverein ihrer Kinder mitgeholfen,…