School, swimming, social life.....what’s the right balance for my child?

Zak Andrawos's picture

Your child is not a swimmer....they are a child first and foremost: a child who just happens to swim. But they are also a student, a brother or sister, a son or daughter, a member of a youth group, maybe someone who players another sport – they are a young person who has the potential to be anything they choose to be.
Kids are drawn to the things that:
1. They enjoy;
2. They have friends;
3. They are learning by because their hearts and minds are engaged in the activity.
So if your kids are having fun with their friends and love what they are doing, chances are the balance is right. If your kids start finding excuses not to train, don’t want to get out of bed to go to the pool, show poor training habits and want to avoid going to meets, they are telling you, “mom and dad – the balance is not right and I want to change it”. Listen to your kids.
 
Answered by Wayne Goldsmith who is one of the world's leading experts in elite level swimming and high performance sport.