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Questions From New Swim Parents

By Elizabeth Wickham, SwimSwam, 01/03/18, 12:00PM CST

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Be sure to let your kids know that, “I love to watch you swim.” When we’re watching our kids race or show up to an occasional practice, our kids will know it’s something we see as important.

"How do I motivate my child when she’s frustrated and doesn’t see progress — and her friends are getting ribbons?”

“My eight-year-old is talented but she doesn’t love swimming as much as she used to — what should I do?”

These two questions from newer swim parents have no right or wrong answers, but experienced swim parents and experts say to let kids take ownership of their sports. Parents can’t want it more than they do. Also, we can’t motivate them because motivation is intrinsic. Instead, we can encourage them along the journey.