When your child begins to like swimming, it is almost impossible to make him/her quit. There are numerous benefits from swimming; teamwork, reliance, winning attitude, compassion, fair play, setting and reaching goals etc.
However, how many children have the option to choose swimming as their main sport or have the privilege to swim regularly? How many kids have their parents as swimming role models? How many parents could motivate their kids to engage in swimming? How could swimming become a lifelong activity? How parents could provide consistent constructive support to their kid around their practices, games and events?
It is well accepted that parents are an essential drive for a kid to choose an activity. They are role models and if they are doing an activity it is very likely that their kid will follow their example. Swimming, biking, hiking with your family are not just activities, it is a lifestyle.
Igniting the love of swimming leads to the next step, the guidance of a professional – a coach. Being in a team, teach children of the complete set of rules, quality technique and how to have more fun while doing the sport they love.
Parents must show a genuine interest about how practices are going and how their children feel. As we all know, the secret is in the good attitude and the support of children’s interests!
However, between work, school, and home life; it can get very hectic trying to get children where they need to be. Some swimmers could even play consecutive and sometimes concurrent seasons of football, basketball and track. Thus, the process to arrange that support could be super cumbersome, expensive and time consuming! As a result, children could be constantly late or missing practices and events. Overwhelmed parents provide less and less support; in this situation everybody suffers (athlete, parent, and team).
This is a parent problem that everyone who raises/supports a child who swims can relate to. However, despite that problem, parents continue to run down the side-lines because they love supporting their children and watching them swim. The joy of seeing of how children develop into leaders and team players both on and off the pool is immense. Therefore, no matter how hard it gets, parents must keep up with the swimming schedule of their children by seeking ways to provide their consistent support. That is how parents become superheroes!
Relax, children acknowledge that parents do all that is possible to take them to practice, to do what they love, to swim. If a dedicated kid skips practice because his mom could not find a way to manage her day, that kid could find way to compensate that loss by putting her sports watch or just using an app at her mobile phone to track a run practice in the local park. The most important for kids is to have a great role model and motivation to continue forward because parents and children are also part of one team.
Show your children your dedication and you will see dedication!
Even though, participating in youth sports is expensive enough on its own, between travel, gear and the food; not to mention policies that don’t allow kids 16 and under to ride, parents should not give up on providing the best support they could give. They should even search for technological innovations. For instance, if a mom has four kids with four different activities, she could think of a trusted ridesharing community. There may be other superhero moms that could make the participating in youth sports not so cumbersome, time-consuming and expensive.
That is how Parents and kids both become superheroes!
In conclusion, be supportive, get your swim suit and dive into the joy of swimming with your children. When it gets tough, find ways to consistently provide to your children what they love because that helps them be more confident and excited about practicing their favorite sport, swimming.
Written by Lida Milkova