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A Swim Mom’s Memory of the First Meet

My son missed his first event and the official in white scratched him out of his only other one. Then he was lectured by the meet administrator. “Wow. This is harsh! Not at all like T-Ball,” I thought.

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One Tip for Swim Parents about Sports Specialization

Should your swimmer only swim, or participate in several sports? As a swim mom for almost 15 years, I’ve had this conversation on the pool deck over and over.

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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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3 Mistakes Swim Parents Should Never Make

Maybe there are perfect swim parents out there, but some of us need to remember that swimming offers many life lessons. Step back, let your kids learn and have fun. You will, too. Here are three tips on what swim parents should never do…

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12 Tips for Parents about College vs. Club Meets

After 15 years as an age group swim mom, this is my first year as a parent of a college swimmer. I love both roles, but there are big differences between the two. Especially at swim meets.

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11 Things I Never Knew About Swim Meets

After being a swim mom for 15 years, I thought I knew everything there was to know about swim meets. Then, I decided to take the big plunge and dive in.

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Swim Mom Musing: The Final Lap

Stop and smell the chlorine. To reach the collegiate level in any sport is a wonderful achievement. You don’t get there by chance, but by the choices you make every day. Be proud.

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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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Swim Mom Musings: The Water Can Hide the Tears

When athletes are out of the spotlight and alone with their thoughts many face the same demons that plaque us all.

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Swim Mom Musings: A Season is a Lifetime

It is dark outside. Many kids are enjoying their last week of sleeping in. But for the swimmer, today is a new beginning. It is a new season. The sun has not risen and the pool glistens with possibilities.

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A Swim Mom Bucket List for a New Season

Bucket lists are all the rage these days, so here is my version for swim moms (and dads).

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Swim Mom Musings: Choosing the Right Swim Team

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.

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The Best Swim Dad of All Time

“My dad is better than your dad” has instigated playground fights since Woolly Mammoths roamed playscapes. By calling my dad “the best swim dad of all time,” I don’t mean to pick a fight: I am simply celebrating my own father with a superlative.

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#SwimMomMonday: A Conversation with Debra Gemmell

Debra Gemmell with her son Andrew at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

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