Why do I do it?

It’s not uncommon for my friends to say, “I don’t know how you do it.” They are referring to the amount of time I spend teaching and coaching swimming, particularly the weekends and 5 am starts. I suspect not only do they wonder ‘how?’ but ‘why?’ So why do I and my fellow coaches and … More Why do I do it?

What a day!

Today was a great day. One of those when I feel lucky to live the life I do. I didn’t win the lotto, or achieve anything spectacular. What I did do was spend the day at a swimming pool in the company of forty young swimmers. They were aged seven to eleven and the vast … More What a day!

What is the real reason parents sign their children up for after school activities?

Do your children do after school activities? Do you feel you are a taxi driver as you race to class and collections? Why do you bother? I am over twenty years parenting, and in that time my children have attended  many after school activities. Ballet, art, music, football, camogie, swimming, gymnastics, Taekwan-Do, and Scouts to … More What is the real reason parents sign their children up for after school activities?

You learn so much about your child when you watch them compete.

Take you marks, Go! It is amazing to note, how differently those words effect different children. Today I was at a swim competition, one of the coaches to over thirty swimmers, most aged between eight and eleven. Many competing for the first time. For some the whole day was magic. Their eyes were shining, their … More You learn so much about your child when you watch them compete.