Sometimes we can make our kids feel pressure by comparing them to other swimmers. Or maybe it’s just us displaying some unfortunate body language at a meet.
I believe our children experience more pressure to perform in their sports and academics today than we did. We didn’t have many club teams and most sports in my area were through school. We knew who the natural athletes were, and they weren’t taking private lessons to get better. It was also common for kids to try a number of different sports.
Today, kids are specializing in single sports at younger and younger ages. Even college recruiting has started earlier, too. We want our kids to get accepted into great schools.