Elizabeth Wickham

11 Tips for Swim Parents on What Our Kids Need to Know Before College

Independence is one of the greatest gifts we can give our children. Let’s get them prepared for their next great adventure. Here’s my list of the “top things kids need to know before going to college.”

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Do You Have A Team Of Givers Or Takers?

People in any organization, whether it’s your workplace or kid’s swim team, come in many shapes, sizes and personalities.

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12 Signs Your Child Is Passionate About Swimming

Thankfully, swimming is sport that can last a lifetime. If a child is truly passionate about swimming, they will swim through grade school, high school, college and beyond in masters and open water swimming.

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4 Tips To Find Balance As A Swim Parent

Swimming is a sport that requires balance: balance in the water in terms of body position, balance with academics and a social life, and balance for busy parents and a family life.

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6 Tips on How to Be a Happy Swim Parent

We need to be encouraging when things aren’t going so swimmingly. I truly believe if we enjoy the process, our kids will, too.

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4 Tips To Avoid Being A Helicopter Swim Parent

What could possibly go wrong with ensuring our children’s lives are smooth and saving them from costly mistakes? Studies show that kids of helicopter parents often suffer at school and in the workplace.

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4 Tips For Swim Parents About Visiting Other Teams

If you’re going out of town, ask your coach for a recommendation of a team to train with. If your coach doesn’t have a connection, look up teams on USA Swimming’s website.

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8 Swim Parent Tips to Help Your Child Overcome Anxiety at Meets

What can we do to help our kids overcome anxiety when they’re racing at swim meets? When my son was in the 11-12 age group, he would get so scared at meets. I’d watch him turn pale and physically shut down.

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Sippy Woodhead’s Tips For SwimSwam Parents

Legendary swimmer Cynthia “Sippy” Woodhead broke her first world record at age 14 and won a silver medal in the 1984 Olympics six years later. She now enjoys life on deck as a swim parent.

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10 Reasons Why Swimmers Are The Best Kids

Swimming teaches our children so many life lessons on a daily basis.

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6 Reasons Why Your Kids Should Swim in College

When my kids started swimming, college was light-years away. I noticed many of our team’s older kids went on to swim in college… When my kids got older, it dawned on me that we should check out college swimming, too.

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A 4-Time Olympian’s Thoughts on How to Prepare Kids for College

“I had the pleasure of talking with Jill Sterkel, four-time Olympian, gold medalist and former head coach of University of Texas women’s swim team… As a coach, she had lots of experience with incoming freshman, plus she’s a parent.”

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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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6 Hinweise für Schwimmer-Eltern, warum ihre Kinder aufgeben

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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Does My Swimmer Need Private Lessons?

I’ve read that private lessons for youth sports have become a multi-billion dollar industry. Do private lessons pay off? Are they necessary?

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