How to Survive Your Kid's Never-Ending Swim Meet

I joined the swim team when I was 5 years old and swam every summer until I was 16. I knew the meets were long, but I had my friends, my snacks and a deck of cards so I was happy hanging out for seven hours to swim for five minutes. I never once thought about how my parents passed the time between my races. In fact, I only noticed them periodically when I needed money for more snacks.

But now I'm on Team Parent, and I understand the love that motivates us to sit on bleachers for hours on end to support your little fish. We all have phones to help us pass the time these days, but there are some other ways to survive the time by the pool.

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