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My daughter came last at the swimming carnival and I've never been prouder

All the kids were excited about the swimming carnival. A day at the pool, instead of a day at school? Amazing! A day at the pool, with all their friends? Even better. My kids started preparing as soon as the date was set. We had to find red zinc ("It's got to be house colours!") and practice swimming laps. It was all they talked about.

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What you should do if your child is a 'quitter'

Bella was going out of her mind. Her 9-year-old daughter, Angie, would agree to sign up for an activity with great enthusiasm. Swim team? Yes, please! Book club? You bet! Ballet? Sign me up! Then something would happen that made the activity, well, hard.

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