21st century children have the opportunity to be exposed to an endless list of activities, considering there is such a wide range of choices available, it is hard to decide what to try. Parents worry their children are in too many activities or not the right activity. As a mom of three teenagers, we have tried many activities over the years. There have been times when I have wondered “why did we spend time playing that sport or taking those lessons?” However, I quickly learned that even the activities that don’t work have given us a good sense of what our kids like, what they don’t like, or hopefully led them to a skill they truly love. My oldest daughter played soccer from age 4 -10. She enjoyed playing, but it really wasn’t her thing, looking back, keeping her in soccer was the best thing we could have ever done.
At a recent swim class while my daughter was in the water with her dad, I noticed a woman also watching the Parent-N-Me class in session and introduced myself. Instantly I recognized a familiar accent. Phyl was visiting her daughter’s family from the Isle of Man, and was the great-grandmother of student, 20-month-old Alfie. It is relatively rare to meet anyone from that part of the U.K. since the small island in the Irish Sea between Ireland and England only has a population of about 88,500.
Swimming has always been a passion of mine, coaching competitive swimmers and teaching technical proficiency has been my focus. I have coached competitive swimmers from all levels; Olympians, U.S. National Teams, NCAA Champions and for the last 27 seasons, the Ohio State’s men’s swimming team. Every day I try to ensure my athletes receive a quality, first – rate experience built on the foundation of technique and quality.