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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3 Reasons Why Swim Parents Are Happy and Positive

In a thin book, thick with advice, called 11 Habits of Happy and Positive Sports Parents, sports parenting expert Janis B. Meredith explores why some parents sit in the stands happy while others are negative and complaining. Here are three of my favorite habits from her list of 11 habits of happy sports parents.

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Swim Mom Musings: Being a Person of Character

Whether you are Olympic bound, swimming in the NCAA or just enjoying high school or summer swim, the most important ideal that you must embrace is: Be a Person of Character.

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Swim Mom: Can Perseverance and Grit Be Taught?

Two outstanding traits of swimmers are perseverance and grit. We hear those words tossed around the pool deck, but what exactly do they mean and is it possible to help our kids gain those traits?

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A Letter to the Swim Community from Panama City, Florida

Two weeks ago, Panama City, Florida and the surrounding area were hit by one of the strongest Hurricanes to ever make landfall on the United States. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the many members of the swim community who have reached out to us in this time of need.

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Shout From the Stands: Gone Too Soon

Before losing you I’d never cherished swimming, running, school, or held onto the gift of life so tightly until the day I heard you had passed and watched balloons fly to the sky in your memory.

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Shout From the Stands: The Transfer

It’s okay the decision you made did not work out as you planned and a new one is upon you. This is your journey, and your athletic career.

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SwimMom Musings: Be an Original

As I am preparing to become a college swim mom and people are asking me about whether year-round swimming is worth it.

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SwimMom Musings: It’s All About Family

Perhaps more than any other sport, swimming is truly a family affair.

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Shout from the Stands: What’s Missing from the Hazing Conversation

Hazing still occurs all over the country even with efforts such as anti-hazing contracts, education, warnings, and consequences. So, what are we missing?

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Shout from the Stands: Fluidity Over Force

In swimming, going with the flow is both proverbial and literal as the water works with you or against you.

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SwimMom Musings: What Is A Coach

Literally thousands of articles have been written about what qualities you find in the very best swim coaches. Having been around this sport for 14 years, I have seen my share of all types of coaches.

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Shout From the Stands: Swimming Without Limits

It has been a difficult journey to get where I am at today, but I have met some of the most amazing people through this journey. I have learned that with hard work and a positive outlook you can achieve anything.

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Practice Tips, Exercises for Beginner Swimmers

With the onset of summer, we head back to the pool, excited to get wet and cool off but struggling to remember what gear to bring and which skills to practice first. In this blog post, we’ll discuss necessary gear, practice tips, and exercises for beginning swimmers.

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Confessions of a Helicopter Mom: Learn from Mistakes

Parenting has taught me I am far from perfect. There are so many new emotional situations thrown at us with no instruction manual. Hopefully, we learn from our mistakes and won’t keep repeating the same ones over and over.

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