Swim Mom

Why Isn’t My Swimmer Dropping Time?

“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.

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6 Things I’ve Learned as a Swim Parent

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!

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Why Do We Want Our Kids to Swim?

A scholarship is a wonderful bonus, but by focusing on it, children may view swimming as work rather than a great life experience.

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SwimMom Musings: The Magic

In this decade and a half of being a swim mom, I’ve learned so much about sportsmanship, winning, losing, and embracing the moments.

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8 Things I Miss About My Kids’ Age Group Days

Now that my youngest is swimming in college, I’m nostalgic for my kids’ age group years.

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One Tip For Swim Parents: Don’t Speak

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.

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4 Swim Parent Tips About Consistency

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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Are Leadership Skills a Side Effect of Swimming?

Here are five leadership traits learned through swimming…

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7 Parent Tips to Help Your Child Be More Positive

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.

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Two Tips for Parents about Swim Meets – Swim Mom Wisdom

“A coach once told me that his favorite swim parents are the ones who jump in and help–wherever they are needed–and don’t expect anything in return. Keep that in mind, especially at swim meets.”

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SwimMom Musings: Next Chapters

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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SwimMom Musings: Take Your Mark

This weekend we took my baby to college, set up her dorm room, and she begins a brand new journey as an NCAA athlete.

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SwimMom Musings: Long Goodbyes

Today is my birthday. My 14th Year as a swim mom and I’ll spend it at a meet.

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SwimMom Musings: The Final Lap

Soon it will be May and the final days of your senior year will be a memory. They are flying by at a rapid pace with every week bringing a new last time.

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SwimMom Musings: Defining Success

As I near the end of my age group parenting for a swimmer, I’ve had many conversations about what constitutes success in the sport of swimming. I mean real success. Because at the end of the journey the medals and ribbons will be put away, the special cuts will not matter, and you’ll be left with memories.

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