Elizabeth Wickham

9 Recruiting Tips From SwimSwam Readers

I was talking with a mom on our club team whose swimmer is beginning to look at colleges.

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The Swim Parents We Don’t Want To Be

Most swim parents are amazing. They’re encouraging, helpful, and ready to volunteer wherever they’re needed. They are fun to be around and we all like having them in our circle of friends.

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Why Isn’t My Swimmer Dropping Time?

“Why isn’t my child dropping as much time as so and so?” I hear that all the time—and I’ve felt those thoughts, too.

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6 Things I’ve Learned as a Swim Parent

My kids started swimming with our club team when they were five and seven years old. Looking back, I am not the same swim parent that I was back then—and thank goodness for that!

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8 Reasons To Be Thankful For Swimming

It was never our intention to become a swim family, it’s something that just happened throughout the years.

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6 Tipps für Schwimmer-Eltern wenn ihr Kind sagt: “Ich hab kein Leben”

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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8 Things I Miss About My Kids’ Age Group Days

Now that my youngest is swimming in college, I’m nostalgic for my kids’ age group years.

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One Tip For Swim Parents: Don’t Speak

What’s the first thing most parents do if their child loses, doesn’t make their cut, or has a flat out bad swim? We talk.

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4 Swim Parent Tips About Consistency

I’ve missed some swim practices lately and I regret it. I found out that it’s hard to get back into the pool after getting out of the groove. I’ve seen this play over and over with kids, too.

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Are Leadership Skills a Side Effect of Swimming?

Here are five leadership traits learned through swimming…

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7 Parent Tips to Help Your Child Be More Positive

I’m definitely a “glass half full” person. I don’t like negative talk on the pool deck because I understand there isn’t a perfect team, perfect coach or perfect swimmer.

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5 Things Kids Gain From Swimming

When we look back at our kids’ swimming careers, we’ll remember some great races where they dropped time and finally made that cut they were chasing for months.

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7 Things Swim Families Share

Sitting in the crowded stands at a swim meet, I realized I had a connection with every person there.

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A Swim Mom’s Memory of the First Meet

My son missed his first event and the official in white scratched him out of his only other one. Then he was lectured by the meet administrator. “Wow. This is harsh! Not at all like T-Ball,” I thought.

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