Elizabeth Wickham

10 Things I Notice While Swimming Masters

10 things I notice while swimming masters rather than cheering from the sidelines.

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6 Swim Parent Tips About Hard Work

The ability to work hard carries over to other aspects in our lives. We might not reach our goals through hard work, but without it, we will fail.

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4 Swim Parent Tips About Olympic Dreams

After talking with parents of Olympians, I discovered they don’t push their kids. Instead, they put zero limitations on their kids’ dreams. They are encouraging, hopeful and never say it’s impossible.

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4 Swim Parent Tips About Team Loyalty

If we value loyalty, we will want our kids to be loyal, too. We want them to succeed, but also to be part of a bigger picture—adding to our community, not taking from it.

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A Swim Parent’s Reflections on the Seniors’ Farewell

“Welcome to the funeral of my swimming identity,” a senior said at the team’s banquet following the Pac-12 championships. It was a humorous, but very truthful statement from a young woman who swam in her last meet.

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8 Swim Parent Reflections About Conference Meets

This week, our daughter competes in her second conference meet. My role has changed from my days at age group championship meets…

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5 Tips for Swim Parents to Leave Your Team Better Than You Found It

The sad truth is when your child is nine years old, it may feel like your days as a swim parent are endless. Before you know it, your child will begin the college recruiting process.

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6 Swim Parent Tips to Navigate the Ups and Downs of Competition

Why do we get so emotionally involved in how fast our children swim across the pool? Have you ever stopped to watch parents faces at meets? You’ll see extreme pain, elation, frustration and everything in between.

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6 Swim Parent Tips On Why Your Child Isn’t Getting Best Times

Many parents complain or worry when their kids aren’t dropping time. I’ve explained to my fellow swim parents that if our kids dropped time, every single time they swam, they’d be in the Olympics already.

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Five Fresh Starts to a New Season of Swim Parenting

We’re coming up on a new swim season. Our kids have had a couple weeks off and we’ve enjoyed a short summer vacation. School is starting up and it’s time for our kids to jump back into the pool.

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6 Tips for Swim Parents About Letting Our Kids Take Ownership

If your children take responsibility and ownership, then they most likely have intrinsic motivation and love swimming.

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6 Tips for Swim Parents About Board Members

1. Board members are swim parents, too. They want the best for their swimmers and the team. They’d like some time to enjoy a swim meet and to watch their swimmers race.

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5 Things to Discuss With Your Swimmer About College

5 things swim parents need to discuss with their swimmers about college recruiting.

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One Tip for Swim Parents About Relays

I’ve heard stories repeatedly through the years of relay teams being let down by a swimmer. If you’ve got a kid who is fortunate to be picked for a relay, remember this is part of being a TEAM.

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7 Tips for Swim Parents About College Recruiting

During recruiting, my swimmer talked to coaches by email, phone and in person. Coaches shared great advice about college recruiting and things to consider in making a decision. Here are seven tips about college recruiting from a variety of coaches:

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