Positive Parenting Tips

  • Your child needs your emotional, physical, and financial support. Be liberal in providing this support.

  • Support but do not push your child.

  • Be realistic in terms of expectations; factor in age and skill level; be aware of your child’s perception of your expectations.

  • Emphasise performance and effort, not just outcome. The athlete only has control over his/her performance. Define and measure success as giving maximal effort and as personal improvement.

  • Keep winning in perspective.

  • Do not bribe.

  • Give plenty of encouraging and rewarding statements. Criticize sparingly.

  • View swimming as an arena in which to teach your child about commitment, hard work and discipline.

  • Work to form an effective Coach-Athlete-Parent Triangle.