PREPARE THE CHILD FOR THE PATH, NOT THE PATH FOR THE CHILD!
ALL SWIMMERS WILL MAKE MISTAKES; IN FACT, THEY MUST MAKE MISTAKES, IF THEY ARE GOING TO LEARN.
We fully understand that it is frustrating to see your child get disqualified, swim slowly, miss an event, etc.. but it will happen. The best thing you can do when your child does make a mistake, no matter how big or painful to see, is face it head on, immediately. Insist they talk with their coach. Together, we can help your child learn to cope and learn from their mistakes. If they are continually "protected" from error, they miss out on a big part of the learning and growing process. It is critical that they learn that moments are just moments and are not defining. They must learn to deal with the good and the bad, with grace and poise. We promise, they really do learn, but they learn on their terms and on their time, not ours!