A note from Badger Parent Advocate, Mike Conaton:

We will do anything for our kids – drive them anywhere, cook them anything at any time, buy them countless suits and goggles, and travel long and far for meets to name a few selfless (and expensive) things. We do it because we love our kids and want the best for them, plain and simple.

Please allow me to start this season with a pep talk – You, me, all of us parents are doing an awesome job!

It’s hard to be a swimming parent. Getting our kids to multiple practices a week, on top of helping them with school work and attending to other sibling’s activities while trying to keep our jobs – in and of itself is a huge accomplishment. The weekend meets and eventual morning practices are in addition to all this. It’s not normal!

I just want to say thanks to you all. Please take a step back and realize that you all are awesome and your kids are blessed to have your support.

Being a swimming parent isn’t easy. This week’s article asks the question “is it all worth it?” Of course it is. While the article is written from a baseball perspective, (please insert your own experiences), it reminds us about the life’s lessons our kids are learning through swimming. OUR jobs are to let them learn these lessons and support them as much as we can without interfering too much or getting too overwhelmed with the demands.

My take away from this article is to remember the proper perspective. Of course we want our kids to swim fast (and we will talk about that as the year goes on), but I just wanted to remind myself and hopefully you that we’re also trying to make sure our kids become awesome human beings too…like us!

More articles to come…if you have any comments or questions about this or any other topic please contact me at mikecbadger@gmail.com to make an appointment or call.


Read the article here: Parent’s Pep Talk– A .pdf article found on TeamUnify.com


Michael Conaton, Badger Swim Club Inc. and Badger Swimming Inc. accept no liability for the content of this article, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided.

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