Elizabeth Wickham

5 Tips for Swim Parents to Handle Conflicts with Coaches

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.

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5 Ways Swimming Has Changed For Our Kids

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.

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8 Reasons Why Swimming Makes You a Better Parent

As supportive swim parents, we rearrange calendars and vacations to accommodate the swim schedule. What do we get in return? Here are eight reasons why swimming makes you a better parent.

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Swim Parent Tip: Seeing the Big Picture and Trusting the Coach

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.”

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6 Positive Things To Help Your Kids Prepare For Meets

This past weekend, I was at my second swim meet where I was the swimmer. I made the plunge once before—a year ago.

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3 Tips For Swim Parents about Personal Best Times

#2 – Don’t focus on the times or you may kill your swimmer’s enthusiasm for the sport.

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10 Tips to Improve Parent-Coach Relationships

“Parents today are out of control,” say a number of swim coaches. Don’t get me wrong; club coaches do appreciate us. They say, “We wouldn’t be able to exist without parents. Most parents are great.” Followed by, “But…”

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10 Things I Like Most About Age Group Swim Meets

Parents of youngers, enjoy it. Embrace this experience while you can. Here are my ten favorite things about age group meets…

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5 Tips For Swim Parents Before The Big Meet

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.

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Do Our Kids Learn Ethics in the Pool?

How do our kids get ethics from their swim team? Who do they learn ethics from?

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What Should Your Child Eat At Swim Meets?

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.

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3 Things Swim Parents Can and Cannot Control

We’re our children’s major role models, and they learn from us how to act when things don’t go well.

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11 Team Traditions I’m Thankful for as a Swim Parent

Here are 11 team traditions that made swimming fun and kept my kids excited about the sport…

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3 Mistakes Swim Parents Should Never Make

Maybe there are perfect swim parents out there, but some of us need to remember that swimming offers many life lessons. Step back, let your kids learn and have fun. You will, too. Here are three tips on what swim parents should never do…

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11 Tips for Swim Parents About Really, Really Bad Swims

When your swimmer has a really bad swim—I mean an awful one—what do you do? How do you feel?

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