As swim parents, most of us are extremely involved in our children’s lives. Our kids have tough schedules with practices before and after school, plus weekends spent at meets. They balance their busy swim schedules with academics and trying to have a “normal” lif
Swim meets are a world upon themselves. They can be stressful, fun and a wild roller coaster ride. If we step back and let our swimmers take over, meets can be a place for them to be responsible.
Die Amerikanerin Elizabeth Wickham ist eine richtige “Schwimmer-Mutter”: 14 Jahre lang hat sie als Freiwillige im Schwimmverein ihrer Kinder mitgeholfen,…
What can I say about our coaches? Not a one them was perfect. My kids liked some better than others. They learned from each and every one, through good times as well as bad.
Have you ever questioned your kids’ coach or had a conflict? If so, how you handle situations may determine if your child benefits or is harmed from your involvement.
Parents who are former swimmers have an advantage over us, non-swimming parents. They understand first hand about the hard work and effort that goes into swimming on a daily basis.
Swim parents sometimes wonder: “Why is my swimmer in all these hard events?” or “It’s the beginning of the season. My swimmer isn’t going to do well.”
This past weekend, I was at my second swim meet where I was the swimmer. I made the plunge once before—a year ago.
#2 – Don’t focus on the times or you may kill your swimmer’s enthusiasm for the sport.
Parents of youngers, enjoy it. Embrace this experience while you can. Here are my ten favorite things about age group meets…
In few weeks, it will be that time of year when you’ll find yourself sitting in the stands at the season’s biggest meet. Your swimmer has been working for months and you’ve been doing your part to get them to and from practice on a daily basis—all in preparation for their target meet.
How do our kids get ethics from their swim team? Who do they learn ethics from?
I discussed this question with several swim moms from a variety of backgrounds, including two nurses, former swimmers, athletes, a dietitian and parents of Olympians, to find out their advice about nutrition at meets.
We’re our children’s major role models, and they learn from us how to act when things don’t go well.
Here are 11 team traditions that made swimming fun and kept my kids excited about the sport…