Swim Mom

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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SwimMom Musings: 5 Things I’ve Learned Being a Swim Mom

“I have been a swim mom for as long as I can remember. Early mornings, wet towels, and broken goggles have been mainstays of my life for more than 13 years.”

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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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 SwimMom Musings: Loss, Laughter and Learning

Any parent who is raising or has raised a swimmer, knows there are many hidden gems lurking beneath those hours swimming before the sun rises, unexpected twists of fate, and countless moments spent with crazy friends who become more like family than teammates.

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 SwimMom Musings: Endings and Beginnings

Here are four real world lessons you learn during setbacks.

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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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5 Ways Parents Can Help Handle Conflicts

Here are five tips to use at the pool and in other areas of your life with coaches, teachers and other parents.

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From Swim Mom to Scilly Swimmer

How did one of my fellow Southern California swim moms find herself 35 miles off the coast of Cornwall, UK, swimming 15K and walking 10K through the Isles of Scilly?

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I Am A Swam Mom

As of this morning, I am no longer a swim mom. I know it seems trivial to say. How can something my children do identify me so much? But here I sit, with alligator tears in my eyes, knowing I will never watch my children swim another competitive race again. It’s killing me.

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What We Can Learn from Sam Darnold’s Parents

Although most of us do not have children with Sam’s natural talent, we can learn a lot from how his parents let him be a kid.

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SwimMom Musings: Crazy Love

To become a leader in this sport and to inspire others to pursue the dream, swimming needs athletes with a “Crazy Love.”

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6 Things Parents Like to Do at Meets

Some parents love meets, while others not so much. Here’s are six ways to get more enjoyment out of swim meets.

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Why Swimmers (and Parents) Should Take A Break

Hopefully your kids have time off between school and the pool, but even if they don’t, the time off from swimming will make their first school days easier.

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Where Did All the Parent Volunteers Go?

There’s been a downward trend in volunteerism the past decade. Each year we have fewer and fewer parents stepping up to help youth sports, schools or other community programs.

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