Our First Swimtastic Swim Lesson: Easton and His Swimming Adventures

Posted on Mar 24, 2017 12:00:00 PM by Renee Howe in kids swimming classes, in swim instructor, in Swimming lessons, in kids, in New Adventures, in Positive Expereinces, in Parents, in mom, in Water, in kids and parents

Our First Swimtastic Swim Lesson:
Easton and His Swimming Adventures

My son Easton is 4…”4 and will be 5 when Santa Clause comes” if you ask him. Easton LOVES to be in the bathtub but hates absolutely everything to do with getting water on or near anything above his neck. Washing this child’s hair is a 10-minute negotiation and strategic discussion of how I plan to successfully avoid any moisture hitting his face, God forbid his eyes. So when we planned our first go at swimming lessons I had very low expectations. We signed up for the $35/8-week session at a local fitness facility and it was a disaster. He had minimal, (meaning none), pool experience, and the parents were required to get IN the water with the kids: not my idea of fun. (Turns out I don’t like splashing either). There were 10 kids in our class along with at least 4 other classes going on around us. Add to that all of the parents and siblings waiting along the edge and facility members in the hot tub and you’ve got a noise level that made it nearly impossible to hear our instructor. The only thing Easton wanted to do was hang onto the edge and play with the dive toys.

Clearly, cheaping out on swimming lessons was an epic fail so I decided to try a new style of lessons and found Swimtastic.

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What Do You Need to Pack for Swim Lessons?

Posted on Mar 17, 2017 11:00:00 AM by Amy Bartek in Swim Lessons, in Swimming lessons, in Parenting Tips, in kids, in Swimtastic, in Swimming tips from an instructor, in Parents, in mom, in Swim Tips

What Do You Need to Pack for Swim Lessons?

Have you ever gotten to an activity like swim lessons at Swimtastic and you think you have everything you need, but as soon as you arrive it is so clear you are not prepared? I have always prided myself on being organized since I have had children, but even when I think I have everything I NEVER do. I always think I am “one of the moms” that has it together but it is blatantly obvious I do not. When I take my kids to any sort of activity I am always the mom with things falling out of my bag and someone behind me saying “hey you dropped this.” Or I am the mom that is digging in the bag looking for that one thing you didn’t pack, like an extra hair tie. After tearing apart your whole bag you realize you don’t have one and take your ponytail down and give the hair tie to your daughter. So now your whole bag is on the floor and your hair is a complete mess because that ponytail you were rocking was hiding the un-brushed hair from this morning. A complete picture of a mom who does NOT have it together. This is all okay and no one judges you at Swimtastic but why not make it easier on yourself?

If you are like me, taking your kids to swimming lessons for the first time can be stressful. From your kid crying of fear and your anxiety going through the roof, I decided to make a list of things to remember so you will be the parent that has it together instead of the one that is picking up debris.

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The World From a Lunchbox #1: France

Posted on Feb 22, 2017 2:42:59 PM by Noelle Kanitz in Parenting Tips, in New Adventures, in Culture, in Kids Cooking, in Healthy foods, in lunch, in Paris, in lunch box ideas

The World From a Lunchbox #1: France

Welcome to the first post in an monthly blog series for Swimtastic called “The World From a Lunchbox”, in which we show you how to introduce your children to places all around the world through their lunchbox.

Introducing your children to the vast cultures of the world often sounds like a daunting task to most. Where do you even start? How do you start?

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Starting a New Activity With Your Child Can Be Tough

Posted on Jan 25, 2017 11:31:18 AM by Amy Bartek in Family Activites, in kids swimming, in Swimming lessons, in Parenting Experiences

Amy Bartek and her daughter Sawyer share their expereince from our Lincoln, NE location. 

Sawyer started her first swimming lesson on Jan 4th right after the Christmas break. I was a very nervous mother. I was uneasy about my child being in the water without me and concerned of how she was going to react and handle herself. Starting any new activity can be tough with your child, no matter if you have done this before with your other children or completely new to it like I was with swimming lessons.

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To That One College Job – It's Not Just Teaching Kids to Swim

Posted on Dec 16, 2016 2:34:17 PM by Tara Weishahn in Kids Swimming Lessons, in Teaching Kids, in Teaching a Life Skill, in kids and parents

To That One College Job – It's Not Just Teaching Kids to Swim

Two years…I knew it that day sitting in my interview for another part-time position. In my early college years, I felt like I was collecting part-time jobs. Being in school, I knew the jobs were just temporary, so two years seemed like long enough to enjoy a fun one before entering the real world. Two years seemed like it would be long enough to teach kids how to swim at Swimtastic Swim School.  

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12 Fast & Frugal DIY Gifts

Posted on Dec 9, 2016 8:40:06 AM by Noelle Kanitz in Holiday, in Fun, in gifts, in easy, in DIY Gifts, in Handmade, in thoughtful, in cheap, in creative

12 Fast & Frugal DIY Gifts

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The Beauty in Chaos

Posted on Nov 23, 2016 8:26:00 AM by Michelle Posey in Family, in kids, in Fun, in Thankful, in Thanksgiving, in laughter, in Holidays, in holiday season

The Beauty in Chaos

In a few short days we will "officially" embark upon one of the craziest moments in American history...holiday season. 

As the the CEO of a huge family (8 kids...no, not a typo), my CFO hubby and I get asked what this season looks like at our house. 

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How to Talk to Kids About Pool Safety

Posted on Nov 11, 2016 8:13:43 AM by Ladah Law Frim in Swimming, in Pool Safely, in Family, in healthy lifestyle, in kids, in safety

How to Talk to Kids About Pool Safety

Thank you to guest author Ladah Law Firm, PLLC for providing a blog for Safety Week!

Swimming pools are a lot of fun for people of all ages. If you have a swimming pool or you plan on bringing your child to a friend or relative's pool or a public pool this season, make safety an ongoing discussion. Taking a few minutes to speak to your child about pool safety on a consistent basis can protect him or her from injury and any unnecessary accidents around swimming pools. Often, kids just need that constant reminder to help them keep safety at top of mind. It’s easy for kids to get caught up in having fun & forget or neglect the little things that will help keep them safe.

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Staff Series #2: Practice Makes Perfect!

Posted on Nov 2, 2016 11:30:27 AM by Noelle Kanitz in Swimming, in kids swimming, in Practice, in Swimming tips from an instructor, in helathy, in improving swimming skills

Staff Series #2: Practice Makes Perfect!

This month’s topic: What are some tips you could give to families to help their child practice swimming at home?

Read below for some tips from some of our veteran instructors from the Swimtastic Franklin location!

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Spooktacular Halloween Hot Dog Spider Dinner

Posted on Oct 28, 2016 1:49:57 PM by Lindsie Zagiba in Easy Dinners, in Kids Cooking, in Fun, in Family Meals, in halloween recipes for kids, in halloween Recipes

Halloween Hot Dog Spiders 

Who doesn't love beaners and wieners? It's a kid-friendly recipe sure to impress any night of the week. This recipe for Homemade CrockPot BBQ Baked Beans uses ingredients you probably already have in your pantry and some dried navy beans. These beans cook all day in the CrockPot filling your house with a smoky BBQ aroma. Slice up some hot dogs and add them to the crockpot with the beans during the last hour of cooking for a spooky homemade beaners and wieners.

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