Elizabeth Wickham

8 Tips for Swim Parents: Why It’s Good to Lose

No one likes to lose, but it’s a major part of why swimming is an amazing sport for our kids. Here are eight tips on what our kids learn from losing:

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14 Parent Tips On How To Behave at Swim Meets

The competitive atmosphere can bring out some less than positive traits in parents. Here are 14 tips for how to behave at meets to make the experience better for you and your swimmer.

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11 Things I Never Knew About Swim Meets

After being a swim mom for 15 years, I thought I knew everything there was to know about swim meets. Then, I decided to take the big plunge and dive in.

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3 Ways Swim Club Parent Boards Can Avoid Embezzlement

When I read about the $266K alleged embezzlement at a nearby swim team, I was shocked. How was that possible? After reflecting on my years as a board member, I realized that yes—it could happen.

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5 Reasons Why Swim Parents Are the Best

Swim parents get a bad rap for being overly involved, interfering, overbearing and for being plain crazy.

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10 Signs You May Be a Helicopter Swim Parent

Here are 10 signs that you might be a helicopter swim parent. These examples are from my own mistakes and observing parents through the years.

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7 Reasons Why Your Swim Team Should Host Meets

# 1 – Financial. On some teams, swim meets are a very important source of revenue.

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Three Tips for Swim Parents on When to Let Go

I spoke with Ron Aitken, Head Coach and CEO of Sandpipers of Nevada, a Gold Medal Club in USA Swimming’s Club Excellence Program. He is a former coach of 2016 Olympian, Cody Miller.

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6 Things I’d Do Over as a Swim Parent

Do you ever look back and think, I wish I could have done that differently?

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What Does It Mean to Let Your Child Take Ownership?

Here are a four questions to discover if we are giving ownership to our kids…

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6 Amazing Things Swim Parents Do

Watching Olympic Trials, I loved the athlete interviews. I was especially impressed when swimmers thanked their parents. What wonderful people they are to acknowledge mom and dad during their moments of glory.

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Three Tips for Swim Parents About Effort

As parents, we all want our kids to do their best. We want to see an honest effort from our kids at school and in the pool. Is there anything we can do to promote effort and a good work ethic?

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6 Tips for Swim Parents About Last Ditch 

How our swimmers react–whether they make the cut or not–depends in part on how we act as parents. Here are a few tips for parents about last ditch meets…

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7 Parent Tips for When Your Swimmer Doesn’t Make the Cut

When your child doesn’t make the cut, you may dab a few tears from your eyes. Here are my tips for swim parents when your swimmer misses the big cut…

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4 Swim Parents Tips to Beware the Green-Eyed Monster

There’s a monster on the pool deck—the “Green-Eyed Monster” of jealousy—most often seen between parents.

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