In our last post, we discussed what parents of young swimmers need to know in order to provide the best support. Today, we'll explore the things you can to be the best swim mom or dad possible:
- Ask your child questions – Whether or not you're an experienced swimmer, ask your child about what happened during the practice session. You want your athlete to be able to think about the purpose of a particular exercise or activity. Your swimmer will also have the opportunity to be the expert, letting mom and dad in on a few things that they may have not known.
- Enjoy practices - During swim practice you can take a break from being a parent. You can show interest in you child's progress, but you don't have to be poolside providing directions. You can also spend this time bonding with other swim moms and dads. If your child becomes more serious about the sport, it's useful to have a support group of like-minded individuals. Whether you're discussing the details of the next meet or the newest Dolfin Uglies swimsuits, it's nice to have someone around who understands.
- Teach your athlete how to accept coaching - The youngest swimmers often have a difficult time following the rules of an adult who is not their parent. If your child doesn't seem to be paying attention during practice or refuses to follow directions, be sure to let them know how their behavior will affect their swim performance. Learning how to be coached can help in the classroom as well, as children who pay attention tend to perform better academically.