My daughter is home on winter break from Davis & Elkins College, her first semester as a student and an NCAA athlete is done.
It’s a good idea to talk about social media with your kids earlier rather than later
I was talking with a mom on our club team whose swimmer is beginning to look at colleges.
Most swim parents are amazing. They’re encouraging, helpful, and ready to volunteer wherever they’re needed. They are fun to be around and we all like having them in our circle of friends.
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“Why isn’t my child dropping as much time as so and so?” I hear that all the time—and I’ve felt those thoughts, too.
My kids started swimming with our club team when they were five and seven years old. Looking back, I am not the same swim parent that I was back then—and thank goodness for that!
A scholarship is a wonderful bonus, but by focusing on it, children may view swimming as work rather than a great life experience.
In this decade and a half of being a swim mom, I’ve learned so much about sportsmanship, winning, losing, and embracing the moments.
Now that my youngest is swimming in college, I’m nostalgic for my kids’ age group years.
What’s the first thing most parents do if their child loses, doesn’t make their cut, or has a flat out bad swim? We talk.
I’ve missed some swim practices lately and I regret it. I found out that it’s hard to get back into the pool after getting out of the groove. I’ve seen this play over and over with kids, too.
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I’m definitely a “glass half full” person. I don’t like negative talk on the pool deck because I understand there isn’t a perfect team, perfect coach or perfect swimmer.
For my entire lifetime as a parent, I have been a swim mom. I can probably count the races that I have missed on one hand and always for reasons out of my control. Until now.
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