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Elizabeth Wickham

Elizabeth Wickham

I’m a writer, a wife and mother. I’m passionate about my personal beliefs, but don’t inflict them on others — unless you ask. I grew up in a rural town with one stoplight and no McDonalds. As kids, we rode our bikes through winding country roads to visit friends. We were gone all day long and our parents never worried. As a parent, I tend to interfere, hover and worry. But, I’m working on it.

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    • Thanks for your comment! Now that both kids are in college we spend time looking back on what we could have done differently. I agree completely — it’s too bad the lessons are learned at our children’s expense. I hope my SwimSwam tips help some newer parents.

  1. Love your articles on SwimSwam … the one about 10 commandments of swim parents is excellent. I am both a swim coach and swim parent and official (I refuse, however, to coach my own children … that would cause some kind of molecular meltdown in my house). Your article and list seems to have sparked quite a lot of debate, which I am very thumbs up about. Keep up the good work!

    • I appreciate your comments. In my 14 years of being a swim mom, I’ve broken about every one of the commandments, or have seen other parents break them. Swimming has been the best activity my family has been involved in. Thanks for your encouraging words. I’m enjoying the comment section on SwimSwam!

  2. Your thoughts and comments on your blog and swimswam are frightening. Swim parents like you are the reason coaches and boards malfunction.

    Parents should stay out of their kids swimming entirely except to support in the form of driving, feeding, and sleeping. Don’t like the coach? Run to the next team bc the grass is greener over there.

    Bill Collinere

    • I appreciate you taking the time to comment and I have to say I agree with you completely. That’s the point of my stories. Swimmers swim, Coaches coach and Parents parent. I’m sorry you missed that I’m trying to express this to other swim parents.

  3. Just enjoyed reading your post on SwimSwam.com and shared it on my Facebook site. This may be beyond your pervue, but would you consider reviewing my free swim team management solution? I’m a swim dad and developed this for my kids back in 2007 and now I share it with hundreds of teams across the country. Still free 🙂 You got me thinking about it because volunteer management is such a big thing for teams these days!!

    • Thank you for commenting! I appreciate your positive feedback. I’d love to see your swim team management solution. I don’t have any involvement with a swim team presently, since my youngest is a freshman swimming in college. I do, however, have friends that are coaches, officials and swim parents involved with USA Swimming club teams.

  4. I enjoyed your article in swimswam on the ’11 things I’ve learned …’ what a great perspective. Masters is something I enjoy coaching and promoting. May I print and post it to promote our Masters program?

    Have a fantastic day,
    Todd Samland
    Omaha Masters Swimming

    • Todd,
      Thanks so much for reading my article and commenting. I’d be thrilled to have you share my story. I hope it helps to inspire more people to join Masters.

    • Less hovering means a freer life for me and my kids. My kids decide their own priorities and decisions as our relationships transition from mother child to adult adult. I still worry, but not about little issues that don’t make a difference in the big scheme of life.

      Thank you for asking.

  5. Hi Liz, I would be interested in getting some feedback from you in regards to my books “Swimming for Parents” and “Behind the Goggles”. Their content, especially in Swimming for Parents fits in nicely with many of your articles and is a resource for parents of swimmers aged 8 to 14 years in any country around the world. I have left me email below and would like to send you a complimentary copy. Cheers Gary Barclay

  6. Hi! I am the secretary of the Mundelein Mustang Swim club and a huge fan of our SwimSwam articles. I like to share them with the families on our swim club. I am hoping to get your permission to repost your work (with full credit given to you) in our monthly newsletters. Please let me know if this would be okay. Thanks! Melissa Sethna

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