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Parents' Blog

Define Your Success

August 18, 2018

“It’s one thing to inspire all these little girls by winning a bunch of medals. That’s easy. But it’s another thing entirely to be an inspiration when things aren’t exactly going your way.”

Missy Franklin, Relentless Spirit: The Unconventional Raising of a Champion

Few people describe winning a bunch of medals, especially gold medals, as Missy did at the 2012 London Olympics, as “easy.” It’s difficult to win a race at any meet, let alone in the most competitive swim meet in the world. Despite the difficulty and the rarity of winning or setting a record, the swimming world and American culture as a whole glorify winning, setting records, making PR’s, sustaining dominance. A definition of success based on fast times and victories can be seductive but also dangerous to a swimmer’s well-being, as Isabelle Robuck explains in “Defining Success Beyond Fast Times and Medals Just Might Save Your Swimming Career (and Life)”.

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National Parent's Day: Thank You Mom and Dad

July 26, 2017

At 5 years old, my parents signed me up for our neighborhood summer swim teamThe previous summer, I was having a great time eating candy while watching my older sister swim (see the picture with my dad).

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What Baseball Taught Me About Life & Finding My Passion

April 06, 2016

The first week of April is just any other week in the year for most people. For me, on the other hand, it's a different story. The snow begins to thaw, the flowers begin to bloom, and my phone gradually progresses from buzzing once a day, to non-stop notifications signifying the beginning of the most exhilarating season of the entire year… Baseball Season

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It’s Never Too Late to Try New Things

March 23, 2016

The year I was to turn 50, the triathlon came to town.

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Time; Everyone Wants More

March 16, 2016

There is an elusive thing that every human being searches for, hopes for, wishes for, and sometimes, even begs for; Time. We never seem to have enough of it!

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