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Swim Mom: Make the Most Out of Every Opportunity

When things get back to normal, maybe we will learn from this overwhelming experience. Hopefully, we will take with us an attitude of “I get to.”

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Ask Swim Mom: Does My Son Need to Swim Club to Swim in College?

I know his future self would regret quitting club swimming. The $10,000 question is, how important is club swim to college recruiters?

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Ask Swim Mom: Should Meets Be Electronic Free?

I wanted your thoughts on the benefits on swimmers being electronic free during meets and anything relevant to why a team should entertain the thought.

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Ask Swim Mom: About Those Late Bloomers

Early bloomers have an advantage, but eventually things even out after differences in growth level out. With hard work and passion, anything can happen!

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Swim Mom: 5 Tips to Help Your Swimmer During Championship Meets

It’s the time of year when swimmers get to reap the rewards of months of hard work. Here are five tips to help your children have fun during championships.

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Swim Mom Musings: Find Yourself a Team That Supports You

Find yourself a team that supports you! Nothing will ever matter more to your student athlete. Not times. Not records. Not even making the NCAAs.

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Ask Swim Mom: I Want My 12-Year Old in the Senior Group

We want our kids to love swimming and stick with it for the long term and not become part of the statistic where 70 percent of kids quit sports by age 13.

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Ask Swim Mom: Should There Be a Maximum Practice Schedule?

For 12 and unders, most teams have a minimum practice requirement. It seems that some swimmers AND parents could benefit from a suggested maximum as well.

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Less is More: James Fike on Lifetime Bests at 38

James Fike: “I had to completely reset my mind and accept that, in fact, less is more. And that’s probably true at a far younger age than 38.”

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Ask Swim Mom: What About the Chlorine Cough?

They said it’s called Swimmer’s Cough. Should I be concerned? We call it the “chlorine cough” and it usually happens in indoor pools with poor ventilation.

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Ask Swim Mom: My Son is Skipping Practice

I just found out that my 16 year old skipped practice, even after dropping him off at the pool and then picking him up after he messaged for a pick up.

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5 Surefire Ways to Annoy Your Kid’s Coach

We did a lot of things that I know annoyed our children’s swim coaches. Here are some of the things we did and we’ve seen other parents do that annoy coaches.

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SwimMom Musings: Best Holiday Gifts

If you are like me your swimmer has suits, t-shirts and gear to last for years. So what do you get your swimmer this season.

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Swim Mom: How Swimming Prepares Kids for the Real World

Swimming brings depth and character to our kids to help them along their lifelong journey. Here are seven ways that swimming prepares our children for life.

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Swim Mom Musings: Coaches Matter

Coaches who inspire are important all the way through a swimming career – and are especially critical in college at every level.

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