Swim Mom

Ask Swim Mom: Why Tear Down a Team After Leaving?

Why do some people think it’s okay to tear down the team after they leave? I get that they’re making a different decision than us, but why not let it go at that?

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Swim Mom Musings: Dear Swimmer Girl

Leaving conference champs after you had to scratch the last day due to illness, I realized I’ve never thanked you for all you have taught me about resilience, character, and winning with grace and losing with dignity.

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Should My Child Go to Swim Camp?

It may seem a little early to think about summer swim camp, but as swim parents, we plan our calendars further ahead than most. Here are a few things to think about when sending your child to swim camp.

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Swim Parents: Your Stress and 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.

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Swim Mom Musings: The Swimmer in the Glass

Given that high school and college champs season is in full swing with club to soon follow, I was thinking about what makes swimming the greatest sport on earth.

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Swim Mom: 9 Easy Ideas for Concession Snacks at Swim Meets

Here are 9 easy ideas for concession snacks at swim meets. Some are ordinary, but good and healthy, while a few are more unusual.

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10 Minutes a Day for Happier Parents and Swimmers

I discovered a simple exercise that can help us—and our kids—with our mental well-being and happiness.

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Ask Swim Mom: What Do I Say When My Child Misses Their Cut?

I found through the years that when my kids tried too hard, they would miss their cuts by fractions of seconds. One of our favorite coaches told me that our kids had to be having fun to swim fast.

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3 Pros and Cons of Small and Large Teams

Teams come in all sizes and types from small club teams under 200 swimmers to nationally recognized teams with 1,000 swimmers. What’s right for your family?

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Ask Swim Mom: Can I help my swimmer get faster?

I’m afraid she’ll lose interest in swimming. Is there anything I can do to make her stay with swimming, or help her to get faster?

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Swim Mom Musings: A Culture of Kindness

One of the most vital aspects of any team, whether it is high school, club, summer or the NCAA, is creating a culture of kindness and caring – no matter what the sport.

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Four Things That Make a Swim Team Great

Here are four things that make a swim team great. What other elements are important when choosing a team?

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Less Is More in Swim Parenting

Your kids will be happy, well-adjusted, self-sufficient and swim about the same or better than if you are overly involved.

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Secrets of Success for Swim Parents

These are five common traits found in happy, successful people that we can work on ourselves and introduce to our kids.

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SwimMom Musings: SwimGiving

This is a great time to reflect on the blessings of swimming. We have the best coaches, athletes and parents of any sport I have been connected with – and that list is long. So as we stop and thank everyone, here are the traits we admire in each of the sport’s important players.  These kinds of leaders, are the heart of SwimGiving.

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