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Face Swimming Fears with Our Top 5 Favorite Books for Little Swimmers

Did you know that March 2nd is “National Read Across America Day?” At Hubbard, we’re big fans of reading and really believe in the far-reaching benefits for you and your kids. One of these benefits is that some of the best books toddlers and kids love can teach them important lessons and help them through new, exciting, or challenging times in their lives. And this can include swimming!

In honor of National Read Across America Day, we wanted to share our top five best swimming books. These can help you start some valuable conversations in your family about baby and toddler swim safety, facing new challenges in the pool, and becoming a comfortable and successful swimmer. Here they are!

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Posted in Off the Wall Thoughts, Parenting Ideas by SwimSchool Bob on March 5, 2019

The Importance of Celebrating Learning to Swim Milestones

When young kids are enrolled in swimming lessons it’s easy to wonder how many milestones there are and how they’re being met. You might see their class week to week, and not really notice much change from one to the next. Even so, progress is being made all the time - and progress monitoring is being done by our instructors. In fact, our team is trained in positive reinforcement and understands the importance of celebrating student success. Here’s a little more about our approach.

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Posted in Parenting Ideas, Child Development by SwimSchool Bob on February 19, 2019

Potty Training Tips to Take to the Pool

If you’re new to the world of potty training, you might be feeling a bit overwhelmed. It can take a lot of grit and patience to teach little ones how to graduate from diapers and move on to using the bathroom. But whichever method of potty training, or potty training tips, you’re following, taking your child to swim class in the midst of potty training can seem risky.

Here are a few tips for potty training to make this transition a little more smooth for you and your child.

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Posted in Parenting Ideas, Swim Tips by SwimSchool Bob on January 10, 2019

How to Maximize Your Time at Baby Swim Lessons


It’s never too early to start your child with swim lessons! Not only do baby swim lessons give your child a chance to learn about water safety at a young age, but the lessons also help nurture their child development. The only challenge with taking your child to swim lessons at a young age is you never know what you’ll get from them. There are some things you can do at home to prepare them for the lessons, but sometimes you simply have to take what you get from them. Here are some of the best ways you can get the most out of your baby swimming lessons.

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Posted in Benefits of Swim Lessons, Child Development, Parenting Ideas, Swim Tips by SwimSchool Bob on March 22, 2018

How to Fuel Up Before Swim Lessons

If you had a dollar for every time someone told you to ‘wait an hour after eating before swimming’ you’d be able to buy that jet boat you’ve always wanted. Of course, it’s not ideal to eat something and jump right in the pool for a few hours, but let’s look at the ‘what’ rather than the ‘when’ of fueling up before swimming. When it comes to your kids' tummies in a pool of water, you want to be sure you're fueling them up for swim lessons the right way, and teaching healthy habits to boot. Don't worry; we've got the lowdown on what you can give your kids to eat before swimming, and what to fuel up on after swim lessons.

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Posted in Child Development, Parenting Ideas by SwimSchool Bob on December 26, 2017

What Can Parents Do While Little Ones are in Swim Lessons?

You’ve arrived! You’re at swim school with your little ones for their swim lessons. If you have little ones that are under 2 years old, you already know that you get to spend some fun time in the water too. A nice break for you to get to spend some splish-splashing time in the water learning the basics. If your kids are older and are on their own in swim lessons, you may not quite know now what to do with this free time you find on your hands. Once your little ones are no longer in need of your guiding hand during their swim lessons, you might find that you don't really know what to do with those much-needed minutes of alone time, besides catching up on email or Internet browsing. Use these 9 tips to get inspired!

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Posted in Parenting Ideas by SwimSchool Bob on December 5, 2017

Bonding with Baby: Fun Things to Do

 

As a new parent, you love watching your little one grow and develop, the changes all happen so fast! Each day brings new skills and excitement as your baby discovers the world around them. With this comes the exciting challenge of finding new and creative ways to bond with your baby. Parenting.com suggests spending as much time as possible with your newborn to develop a level of trustworthiness, but as a new parent this can be challenging if you don’t know where to start. Here are some different ways to develop a better bond with your little one.

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Posted in Child Development, Parenting Ideas by SwimSchool Bob on November 29, 2017

Fun Summer Activities to do Outside of the Pool That Keep You Cool

 

Swimming and playing in the pool are usually some of the most appealing parts of the summer. As temperatures get toasty and other outdoor activities become less inviting, water is naturally a big draw. But if you don’t have a pool, or are just looking for some summer activities for kids in addition to those you can do at the pool, there are plenty of other options that can be a blast and keep you cool. Here they are!

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Posted in Favorite Local Joints, Parenting Ideas by SwimSchool Bob on July 8, 2017

The Best Vacation Spots for Swimmers

For millions of Americans, summertime is synonymous with sun, sand, and water. In other words…  VACATION! Even if you’re not singing the tunes to Alice Cooper’s School’s Out, summer can still bring that carefree fun feeling from your crayon-wielding days. If you are one of the many who look forward to cooling off in the water on a hot summer day then look no further because we've compiled a list of the top five U.S. best vacation spots for people who love to swim!

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Posted in Parenting Ideas by SwimSchool Bob on July 4, 2017

Cover Up! Sun Safety Tips

 

As you finalize plans for your family’s summer vacation, make sure you prepare for sun protection. Nothing can ruin a vacation faster than a miserable sunburn! Whether your plans include a beach vacation, summer camp, or long days at the park, don’t forget the sun safety tips shared here.

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Posted in Parenting Ideas, Swim Safety by SwimSchool Bob on May 24, 2017