Articles by SwimSwam Contributors

SwimMom Musings: What is a Swim Mom?

On Mother’s Day, we tend to reflect on the myriad roles we play in the lives of our children.

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6 Tips for Conversations After Meets and Practice

In a recent webinar by parenting expert David Benzel, from Growing Champions for Life, he offered several tips for having better conversations with our kids about their sports. Benzel works with many sports organizations including USA Swimming.

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Swim Mom: When Our Kids Have Big Dreams

I have a question for swim coaches and parents. When our kids have huge dreams, should we tell them what is realistic and reasonable? Or, do encourage them to dream?

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Swim Mom: Six Reasons Why Swimming is a Great Family Sport

If you’re looking for something active and fun to do together as a family there are many choices like running, skiing, hiking, golf, tennis, and yes, swimming. Kids naturally love to be in the pool and it makes us old folks feel good, too.

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Swim Mom Musings: What is a Champion?

We are famous in the world of swimming for tossing around Champion like it is some badge of honor for the most elite for those who can compete at the highest levels and win.

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7 of the Best Parent Volunteer Jobs at Swim Meets

Through my years as a swim mom, I’ve worked different jobs at meets. Some I loved, and others not so much. There’re many positions and it’s easy to find one that fits your personality.

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When Should Your Child Wear A Tech Suit?

“Southern California Swimming’s House of Delegates voted unanimously to prohibit the wearing of ‘Tech’ suits in Age Group competition at committee level (BRW), invitationals, dual/tri and intrasquads.”

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To The Swimmer With A Broken Heart

In the time that you’re not okay, lean on your team and lean on your sport. You are not a burden, and the relationships you form through times like these creates an unbreakable bond that you will cherish forever.

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Goal Setting Or Performance Planning? Impacting A Positive Mindset

At one time or another we have all been encouraged to set meaningful goals for ourselves.

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The Sunshine Vitamin

There are not many vitamins where food is NOT the body’s best source. In fact, there is only one: vitamin D.  

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Help Your Kids Get Better Every Day, In Every Way

“Every day, in every way, I’m getting better and better” is a famous positive affirmation by French psychologist and pharmacist Émile Coué, 1857-1926.

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SwimMom Musings: What Is A Teammate?

Of all the great treasures of swimming, nothing is more important or profoundly character-defining as how an athlete responds as a teammate. 

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Eat Right, Swim Faster – A Nutritional Guide

Getting your nutrition right is key for athletic success. The right meal and snack choices every day will significantly improve your performance in training and competition.

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2 Questions From New Swim Parents

1- “How do I motivate my child when she’s frustrated and doesn’t see progress—and her friends are getting ribbons?”
2 – “My eight-year-old is talented but she doesn’t love swimming as much as she used to—what should I do?”

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Ashley Twichell: “Thank You,” Coach Rose

U.S. National Team member Ashley Twichell is a 2-time World Champion in open water swimming, including an individual win in the…

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