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13 Steps to Being a Winning Parent, Part 2

Dr. Alan Goldberg

 

[SPN Editor’s Note:  This is part 2, which includes steps 7-13.  Part 1 was in the February 6 issue of Swim Parents Newsletter.]

 

STEP SEVEN:  YOUR CHILD IS NOT HIS PERFORMANCE-LOVE HIM UNCONDITIONALLY.  Do not equate your child's self-worth and lovability with his performance. The most tragic and damaging mistake I see parents continually make is punishing a child for a bad performance by withdrawing emotionally from him. A child loses a race, strikes out or misses and easy shot on goal and the parent responds with disgust, anger and withdrawal of love and approval. CAUTION: Only use this strategy if you want to damage your child emotionally and ruin your relationship with him. In the 1988 Olympics, when Greg Louganis needed and got a perfect 10 on his last dive to overtake the Chinese diver for the gold medal, his last thought before he went was, "If I don't make it, my mother will still love me". 


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Why Swim, If You Can’t Win?

By Noah Whiteman, Age 11

 

If I was told I would never win a race again, then I would still swim.  Winning a race depends on who shows up, but one thing that will be there every time is the clock.  Beating your times and dropping time is a great feeling.  Winning feels nice and all, but so do four second drops in fifties, eight second drops in hundreds, and thirteen seconds in a two-hundred IM;  if those aren’t enough to make someone exited, then I’m not sure if winning could do it either. 

 

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My Son’s Favorite Sport is Soccer.  Isn’t It?

By Jeff D. Opdyke

 

Sometimes parents see what they want to see. And in doing so, they miss a lot.

 

Case in point: my long-held belief that my son, now 14 years old, loves soccer.

 

Turns out, I was wrong. After the fall season ended, he announced his retirement.

 

He finally told me that while he enjoys the game, he isn't as passionate about it as I am. I had just assumed he was because...well, because I wanted to believe it.

 

The whole experience has been unsettling, and it has forced me to ask myself some difficult questions: Was he putting in all those hard hours just to please me? Did I ignore obvious signs that he wasn't having as much fun as I thought he was? And might he have loved the game, if only I hadn't pushed him to do it more and better?

 

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13 Steps to Being a Winning Parent, Part 1

Dr. Alan Goldberg

 

[SPN Editor’s Note:  This is part 1, which includes steps 1 – 6.  Steps 7-13 will appear in the next issue of Swim Parents Newsletter.]

 

INTRODUCTION:  If you want your child to come out of his youth sports experience a winner (feeling good about himself and having a healthy attitude towards sports), then he needs your help! You are a vital and important part of the coach-athlete-parent team. If you do your job correctly and play your position well, then your child will learn the sport faster, perform better, really have fun and have his self-esteem enhanced as a result. His sport experience will serve as a positive model for him to follow as he approaches other challenges and obstacles throughout life. If you "drop the ball" or run the wrong way with it, your child will stop learning, experience performance difficulties and blocks, and begin to really hate the sport. And that's the good news! Further, your relationship with him will probably suffer significantly. As a result, he will come out of this experience burdened with feelings of failure, inadequacy and low self-esteem, feelings that will generalize to other areas in his life. Your child and his coach need you on the team. They can't win without you! The following are a list of useful facts, guidelines and strategies for you to use to make you more skilled in the youth sport game. Remember, no wins unless everyone wins. We need you on the team! 


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Coach O's Seven Habits of Saintly Swim Parents

Orlando S. Anaya, Mokihana Aquatics, Hawaii

 

Habit 1.  Getting Your Swimmers To Practice Regularly And On Time.

 

With multiple-job families, single-parent families, and just “being a family,” it is sometimes very hard to get your swimmers to practice every day and on time.  The first rule of improvement is “show up!”  A great swim parent makes excuses for how they will get their swimmers to practice on time.  It’s a powerful message and it teaches your swimmer that you care, amongst other positive messages that it sends.

 

Habit 2.  Providing Emotional Support In All Circumstances. 

 

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