July 12, 2018
When it comes to being a swim parent, here are the basics: Be positive and supportive. Model good sportsmanship. Make sure your child knows that your love & approval isn’t dependent upon their performance.
Some things to say before a race
- Go get ‘em!
- Good luck!
- You’re ready for this!
- You can do this!
- Do your best!
- Try hard!
- I can’t wait to see you swim!
Things to say after a race
- Did you talk to your coach?
- You were a good sport!
- I’m proud of you!
- I love to watch you swim!
What to say after a meet
- Where do you want to go eat?
- Should we go out for ice cream?
- Do you want to go do something special together?
- What’s your favorite stroke?
- What’s your favorite race?
- What do you like about swimming?
A great resource for parents of any sport is www.ilovetowatchyouplay.com.
My best advice - Praise the effort, not the result. Be proud of your kids for trying something new and difficult. Don’t let this be the biggest thing in anyone’s life – Swimming is a game and it’s supposed to be fun!