It’s a Mom Thing! #momlife

Posted on Jun 2, 2017 9:43:56 AM by Amy Bartek in Kids Swimming Lessons, in Swim Lessons, in Parenting Tips, in parenting, in mom

It’s a Mom Thing! #momlife

I am a mother of three kids, Ingrid 10 years old, Sawyer 3 years old, and Crew 16 months old, and I am tired. Even when I get sleep, I am still tired. I am down right exhausted. No one told me when I was going to be a mom I was going to be this tired. I knew about the sleep deprivation when they were babies but now all my kids sleep through the night, maybe get up early, but I am still tired.

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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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Lessons from children – All things come with time

Posted on Sep 6, 2016 8:00:00 AM by Amanda Charles in Parenting Tips, in kids, in Patience, in success, in children learning, in Development

Lessons from children – All things come with time

There are a lot of lessons to be learned as a parent, but one of the greatest lessons I have learned from my stepson is that all things come with time.  As parents we rush to help our children learn new things and new skills.  We get frustrated when we don’t think they are potty-training fast enough, they won’t sit still long enough to hear a chapter from a book, they won’t capitalize their sentences or basic math seems like calculus to their developing brains.  We worry that we aren’t doing a good enough job and that lacking these basic skills is going to ruin them forever.  Phew.  Take a breath!

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