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Are You a Supportive or Overly-Involved Swim Parent?

By Elizabeth Wickham, SwimSwam, 06/13/18, 12:00PM CDT


Don't wait at the blocks for your swimmer to finish the race so you can give your critique before he or she talks to the coach.

There is a fine line we parents walk on the pool deck. We want to be supportive of our kids who love swimming and pursue the sport. But where do we cross the line from being supportive, to being “overly involved?” Look around at a swim meet and see if you can spot “those” parents. Then, take a look in the mirror and check to see what kind of swim parent you are.

Here are seven “Dos and Don’ts” to test yourself to see if you’re a supportive parent or an overly involved one: