Elizabeth Wickham

When Should Your Child And Age Group Swimmer Wear A Tech Suit?

One coach, who lives in an area without tech suit rules, said families leave teams over suit rules. Plus, he doesn’t like playing the “suit cop” at meets. He lets parents and swimmers make the decision, but puts his ideals and preferences out there for everyone to know.

  24 Comments

5 Amazing Things Michael Phelps Said About His Mom

I was fortunate to hear Michael Phelps speak last week, sitting with my fellow swim moms and Masters swimmers.

  1 Comment

4 Parent Lessons From The Conference Meet

We learned big lessons as a family at our daughter’s conference meet—mostly that things don’t go as planned.

  4 Comments

4 Parent Tips About Phones And Social Media

If your kids are on their cell phones before they say good morning to you, or you see your family sitting at the dinner table texting and checking out social media, maybe it’s time to take action.

  3 Comments

4 Tips for Parents to Keep Your Swimmer in the Game

“Why is the focus on the top swimmers? Why don’t younger kids get more attention?”

  10 Comments

4 Tips To Let Our Children Struggle And Grow

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

  Comment First!

7 Ways Swim Meets Prepare Our Kids for the Real World

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.

  25 Comments

5 Tipps wie Schwimmer-Eltern Konflikte mit Trainern lösen können

Die Amerikanerin Elizabeth Wickham ist eine richtige “Schwimmer-Mutter”: 14 Jahre lang hat sie als Freiwillige im Schwimmverein ihrer Kinder mitgeholfen,…

  Comment First!

9 Things You Can Learn From Your Swim Coach

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.

  4 Comments

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.

  33 Comments

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.

  3 Comments

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.

  9 Comments

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.”

  17 Comments

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.

  1 Comment

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.

  32 Comments

Don't want to miss anything?

Subscribe to our newsletter and receive our latest updates!