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?
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.
On Mother’s Day, we tend to reflect on the myriad roles we play in the lives of our children.
In a thin book, thick with advice, called 11 Habits of Happy and Positive Sports Parents, sports parenting expert Janis B. Meredith explores why some parents sit in the stands happy while others are negative and complaining. Here are three of my favorite habits from her list of 11 habits of happy sports parents.
Whether you are Olympic bound, swimming in the NCAA or just enjoying high school or summer swim, the most important ideal that you must embrace is: Be a Person of Character.
Two outstanding traits of swimmers are perseverance and grit. We hear those words tossed around the pool deck, but what exactly do they mean and is it possible to help our kids gain those traits?
August is often the time athletes select clubs for the coming year. Here are a few swim mom tips for helping your child navigate the sometimes murky waters of club selection.
As I am preparing to become a college swim mom and people are asking me about whether year-round swimming is worth it.
Perhaps more than any other sport, swimming is truly a family affair.
“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.”
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.
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.
Here are four real world lessons you learn during setbacks.
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.