What are the motivating factors that keep our children interested in swimming? Why do they want to stick with a sport that is so demanding with practice before and after school, plus weekends for 50 weeks a year?
Have you ever heard that swim parents should act more like grandparents? My dad—a grandpa—approaches swim meets very differently. I believe if I could adopt his outlook, I’d be calmer and happier at swim meets.
Here are three ways student-athletes look at prospective schools and why they should go on recruit trips.
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…
We all have seen the naturally gifted kids at the pool. But what if our child is not as talented?
If your child wants to swim in college there are several things for parents to consider. First—the most important question is—does your child want to swim in college—or, is this what you want?
I haven’t been the perfect swim parent. I’ve learned from my own mistakes, plus from watching other parents. If you’re an involved swim parent, you’ve seen interesting days on the pool deck, with new parents and more seasoned ones.
Sunshine, sleeping in, family vacations and lazy days are what most people love about summer. For swimmers, coaches and families—not so much.
As the parent of distance swimmers, my days at meets are decidedly different from parents of sprinters.
I believe our children experience more pressure to perform in their sports and academics today than we did. What can we do to help our children with performance pressure?
Where do we cross the line from being supportive, to being “overly involved?” Look around at a swim meet and see if you can spot “those” parents. Then, take a look in the mirror and check to see what kind of swim parent you are.
When your child goes off to college, the experience of swim parenting will change. Be prepared for a new role as the parent of a collegiate student-athlete.
“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…”
Have you noticed that swimming lingo works its way into other areas of your life? Here are seven expressions swim parents use in everyday life that relate to swimming.