Swim Mom

12 Parent Tips on How to Behave at Swim Practice

I haven’t been the perfect swim parent. I’ve learned from my own mistakes, plus from watching other parents. If you’re an involved swim parent, you’ve seen interesting days on the pool deck, with new parents and more seasoned ones.

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9 Ways Summers Are Different for Swim Families

Sunshine, sleeping in, family vacations and lazy days are what most people love about summer. For swimmers, coaches and families—not so much.

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9 Things Parents of Distance Swimmers Know

As the parent of distance swimmers, my days at meets are decidedly different from parents of sprinters.

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Are Parents Adding to Performance Pressure?

I believe our children experience more pressure to perform in their sports and academics today than we did. What can we do to help our children with performance pressure?

Are You a Supportive or Overly-Involved Swim Parent?

Where do we cross the line from being supportive, to being “overly involved?” Look around at a swim meet and see if you can spot “those” parents. Then, take a look in the mirror and check to see what kind of swim parent you are.

5 Reasons Why Our Kids Like to Swim

Why do our kids swim? What keeps them motivated to return to the pool day after day?

SwimMom Musings: Why I Miss Summer Swim

For more than 90 Saturday’s between June and late July, I always knew where I would be — on a 14 -year journey that showed me what community and compassionate mean in the busy rush of our 21st Century lives. This summer I am former summer swim parent.

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Are You Ready for College Swim Parenting?

When your child goes off to college, the experience of swim parenting will change. Be prepared for a new role as the parent of a collegiate student-athlete.

10 Tips to Improve Parent-Coach Relationships

“Parents today are out of control,” say a number of swim coaches. Don’t get me wrong; club coaches do appreciate us. They say, “We wouldn’t be able to exist without parents. Most parents are great.” Followed by, “But…”

7 Swim Sayings for Swim Parents

Have you noticed that swimming lingo works its way into other areas of your life? Here are seven expressions swim parents use in everyday life that relate to swimming.

10 Milestones for Swim Parents

Through the years of swim parenting, there are many milestones from the first time your child wins their heat to signing day for college.

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.

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.

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?

Swim Mom Musings: Stop the Madness

How many more swimming programs will be cut in the  NCAA before the swimming community steps up and stops the madness?  I woke up this morning to the latest tragedy and shed a few tears. I cried for the young adults who made a commitment to the school to have their dreams dashed right before the school year ends?  Really?  The school did not know this until end of April.

Swim Parents: Your Stress & Expectations Are Contagious

Swim parents want the best for their little swimmers. As it turns out, the stress and expectations you have trickle down to your little athlete.

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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