Minnie Mouse High Heels & Pajamas

Minnie Mouse High Heels & Pajamas


This morning my daughter Madeline was being pretty “difficult” with me. As you know having a six year old daughter certainly comes with many testing moments.

Today was her birthday party and she wanted to wear pajamas and her Minnie Mouse high-heeled shoes. The problem is that those shoes always hurt her feet and she always comes complaining to me about the pain.

So I thought I would be the good Mom and try to avoid the pain and discomfort for her on her birthday and told her she couldn’t wear those shoes.

When I said no, she started crying hysterically, so I sat down on the floor of her closet with her with the door closed to ask her WHY she was crying.

She told me she had dreamt all night of wearing this night gown with high heeled shoes and a crown because she wanted to be beautiful for her party.

OMG. I almost died. Of course she could wear what she wanted.

She has her own vision and belief systems in place already. This girl knows what she wants and did not want to take NO for an answer on this occasion – and a number of other occasions too – but this time it was different.

This was not her acting like a spoiled brat and not listening to me, no this was her dream getting crushed by me and she was standing up for herself.

That little moment was so powerful for me for a number of reasons:

  1. It reminded me that kids have a voice too and if I had just interrupted her and said, “NO you’re not wearing those shoes, choose something else and that is the end of it” I would never have given her the opportunity to explain to me her dream and vision.
  2. As we grow older we are going to have many dreams for ourselves and they will get crushed by well-meaning people – these are typically our loved ones, like parents, friends and siblings. We need to be steadfast in our vision and dreams and not be strayed off course by the opinions of others, no matter how well meaning their intentions.
  3. Don’t be afraid to stand up and fight for your voice and opinion. Make yourself heard, not in an obnoxious way, but be firm in your convictions and beliefs. You don’t have to follow the opinions of others.
  4. Be authentic and be yourself. Who cares if you’re wearing your pajamas to your party with crazy high heels that hurt your feet? Are you happy? Then that is all you need to worry about.
  5. Communicate. How will others understand you and your problems if you don’t express and convey your thoughts and feelings.

    We should never be afraid to express our true thoughts, feelings and emotions with others. @hayleyhobson (Click to Tweet!)

  6. Listen. Just listening to another perspective can completely benefit both parties and give you a completely different perspective of their situation.
  7. Our kids are our teachers. They may not always listen and they may do things that drive us crazy, but those moments can be our greatest teachers. Our behavior also has an influence on them and will determine how they behave in the future. So trying to be a better listener, more patient, less reactive and a positive influence in their lives will certainly go a long way in helping them be the same.
  8. High heels hurt your feet. Let’s be honest we love our shoes but whether you’re six or sixty, those high heels do hurt us don’t they?

What lesson have you learnt from your kids over the years? I know I keep learning every single day.


Schedule Week of 9/1

Hi Everyone! Below is the schedule for Platinum, Gold, and Silver for this week. By Sunday morning, please bring in the attached goal sheet with your short course goals and splits for this year.

Weights at Motivations (P/G): Tues/Thurs 4-5:30 pm; Sat 5:45-7 am

Swim at University of Scranton(P/G/S): Tues, Wed, Thurs 6-7:30 pm; Sat 7:15-8:30 am; Sun 8-10 AM


Registration 2015-2016

Hi Everyone! Hope you are enjoying your summer! We have updated and posted our registration forms for this upcoming season. Please look under the registration section and download the forms you need. We will be starting our Platinum (new name for our Elite group), Gold, and Silver groups with weights and evening practices Sept 1. Bronze and born to swim will be starting the week of September 14th. Please email us at bluedolphinaquatics@gmail.com to let us know which group you feel is the best fit for your commitment level. Current swimmers, also please work on updating your yard goals for the upcoming season. We will be including goal sheets as a mandatory part of practice.

We are also looking for new swimmers who are thirsting to rise to new levels in swimming. New swimmers who are interested, can also contact us via email at bluedolphinaquatics@gmail.com, and we can set up a time to meet and discuss your goals and our program. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us!

Born to Swim parents please contact Jen at 570-362-2513 or bluedolphinaquatics@gmail.com to reserve a time slot.

Nonnenberg Medals at National Championships

Mia Nonnenberg grabs fifth Place medal at the national championships in San Antonio Texas. Nonnenberg dropped from the 9th seed to place 8 th after the morning prelim swim. In the night finals Nonnenberg dropped her time 2.37 seconds and three more places to grab her first national medal and top 8 Finish.

See you at the Top!

See you at the Top!

BDA Sizzling Swims

Blazing Practice Swims: Alyssa Kelly dove off after her 200 fly swim going a triple best 50 (41.27) 100 (130.00), and 200 (315.83), and earning herself another 9-10 BDA record in the event, taking down Gabby Lucarelli’s record from 1997. Alyssa beat the record by 7 seconds and her best by 8 with a super flying swim!

James Stanco also catapulted past his best 25 fly (17.15), and clobbered his best 100 fly by 30 seconds showing his continuous improvement in the event and great strokes.

Zones: Bailey Babarsky made the most of her zoning experience earning a best 100 breast by about 1 second, continuing to show off her best stuff with a 121.48. Bailey also swam her best 100 free flat start, just slightly off her best time from the BDA relay at seniors (103.74).

Way to go BDA~! 🙂

Practice Schedule and notes

Hi Everyone! The next 2 weeks(8/3 through 8/14) we will have practice Monday through Friday 6-7:30 pm.

We will also be working on advertising and will be allowing new swimmers to try or program within the next 2 weeks. If you have any friends or family interested in trying any of our competitive groups, please have them contact us and we will set up a day for them to come in.