You may think that you don’t have the skills, experience or time to fill the role. I completely understand. However, if Ted Lasso has taught us anything, it’s that you don’t need to be an expert – you just need to have heart.
If you’re gearing up to start your child in swim lessons this spring, here are some things I can share as a seasoned swimming instructor AND a fellow mom of young kids (including one who cried through swim lessons for an entire season!).
Left unchecked, kid energy can consume anything and everything in its path. Outdoor play was and still is a big priority at our house, and as twin parents we’ve found that as we need strategies for indoor “energy management” so the kids aren’t wrestling by 7:30 a.m. We need a way to harness the energy while also managing bad weather, sick siblings, nursing babies, and dinner prep. And so over the years, we’ve built up an arsenal of toys that encourage movement – even if the weather doesn’t allow us to move our bodies outside. Here are the tried and true winners for our household.
Whether you’re planning to get a membership at a local pool, take a family beach vacation or spend your days at the lake, chances are your kids will encounter a new swimming opportunity at some point this summer. As moms, we look forward to these adventures, but they can also be stressful. Making sure everyone is safe is a top priority. Not to mention the endless supply of sunscreen, snacks, and swimsuits these activities require. Whatever adventures you have planned, here are my tips for a safe summer.
While I haven’t found the golden ticket to a perfect career, I have been able to create a steady flow of freelance work for the last five-ish years. My work allows me to contribute to our household income and stay at home with our twins and I am grateful for the flexibility my writing career allows. I don’t claim to have all the answers. But I’m happy to share what I’ve learned so far.
My husband and I share a love for all things outdoors. From wakeboarding to biking from snow skiing to pickleball – we like to dabble in a little bit of everything. We especially enjoy hiking and camping. We’ve hiked more than 70 miles in Banff National Park, backpacked in the Rocky Mountains, and trekked in the Great Smokey Mountains with twins in tow. On our adventures, we’ve learned that quality gear can make all the difference – particularly when you are camping with kids. Over the years, we’ve built up our stash by shopping secondhand and by adding gear to our Christmas gift lists.