Swim Mom

SwimMom Musings: Motivation Gets You Started. Heart Keeps You Going

As a swim mom for 16 years, parents of younger swimmers sometimes ask me what is the secret to keeping your child engaged in the sport.

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What’s Not to Like About Relays?

One of the most exciting moments in swim meets is watching your child compete on a relay. Unfortunately, there can be some negatives

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Ask Swim Mom: Should Kids Miss School For Meets?

Do you know why teams, coaches and parents schedule swim meets on school days, with the expectation the kids should skip school and show up

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Ask Swim Mom: Should My Child Swim Doubles?

I would follow your coach’s lead and let your daughter enjoy her sleep. There is plenty of time for her to begin morning practices as she gets older.

Swim Mom Musings: Why D3 Swimming Deserves Great Recognition

With solid academics you just might find that D3 schools have great academic money and a balanced college life every athlete deserves.

What I Miss Most About Being a Swim Family

I miss the little daily things about being an age-group swim mom. Here are six things I miss most about being a swim mom.

Swim Mom: Embrace the Community

Here are five reasons why it is important look beyond our own kids and self-interest and embrace our swimming community.

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Ask Swim Mom: Should I Help My Child Set Goals?

My child doesn’t seem that interested in setting goals for swimming. Is it being too overbearing to sit down with her and help her form her goals?

5 Things to Know Before Kids Go to College

Here are five things I learned at college orientation with my daughter that I found worthwhile that may be helpful whether or not your kids swim in college.

Swim Mom: The 5 Toughest Races in Swimming

As a swim mom of nearly two decades, here are my rankings about what events in swimming at the toughest to swim, which I know will create some debate.

Swim Mom: 6 Tips for Parents About Changing Teams

Two reasons for switching teams that help out the entire family are a better location or hours. Here are six things to consider before changing teams.

Ask Swim Mom: When is it Time to Step Back?

Is there something I can do to make sure they are having more fun at meets and the whole family enjoys it, too? Are my kids too young for me to step back?

5 Traps Swim Parents Should Avoid

Has your child ever ignored you talked to them after a race? What strategies have you used when you realize the conversation isn’t going well with your child?

Ask Swim Mom: Should My Child Specialize?

My 10-year-old daughter is fast at freestyle. The coach keeps entering her in different events even though she doesn’t like to swim them.

Swim Mom: A Few Parent Tips for a New Season

With a new season approaching, it’s a great time to reflect as a swim parent on how the last season went and what we’d like to change.

Swim Mom: 5 Parent Tips About Taking a Break

Swimming 50 weeks a year means our kids are pushing constantly to improve and get best times. It’s easy to get caught up in that mindset ourselves.

Swim Mom: An Unlikely Role Model – Ryan Lochte

With Lochte’s story, we can tell our kids that he’s human and messed up, but look how he’s learned, grown and improved as a person.

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