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Carly Patterson Caldwell’s Gold Medal Picks for Raising a Toddler in North Texas

Her go-to workouts, apps and motivational tips

The Olympic gold medalist and our March 2019 Mom Next Door shares her go-to parenting apps, workouts and tips for success.


“We love strolling the aisles of Target, especially on a cold day when we need to get out of the house. Playdates with friends and cousins are always fun. And he loves going to KidStrong classes.”
Target // Multiple locations 
KidStrong // 9090 First St., Frisco; 469/305-7457 // 3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway, Suite 329, Grapevine; 972/307-3000


“My husband and I love to go on date nights in in Historic Downtown McKinney [or in Dallas] to Nobu or Javiers. We also did a lot of traveling together pre-babies, so we like to go on one big trip a year. Last year, we went to Iceland, which was amazing!”
Historic Downtown McKinney // McKinney 
Javier’s Gourmet Mexicano // 4912 Cole Ave., Dallas // 214/521-4211
Nobu Dallas // 400 Crescent Court, Dallas // 214/252-7000


“I wasn’t allowed to do much working out while I was pregnant with Graham. But after having him, I enjoyed Title Boxing and Orangetheory classes.”
Title Boxing Club // Multiple locations
Orangetheory Fitness // Multiple locations


“Right now I’m reading Tough Stuff Parenting by the pastors of my church [Preston Trail Community Church]. With Graham, I used the Glow Baby app to time our nursing sessions and keep up with his milestones. I also enjoyed The Wonder Weeks app because it tells you what your baby is learning and experiencing.”
Tough Stuff Parenting by Paul Basden and Jim Johnson
Glow Baby App // Free
The Wonder Weeks App // $2.99 (Apple App Store) or $3.49 (Google Play)

3 takeaways from Caldwell’s motivational speeches

  • “The hard work we put into things will always show up. It might not be when we want. But if we put in the time and effort, we will see our hard work pay off.”
  • “Success requires resilience. I learned that through failure. Being able to bounce back and learn from my mistakes is what shaped me into the athlete and person I am.”
  • “Make decisions from a place of freedom and not fear. After my career as a gymnast, there were things I did for the wrong reason because I thought I had to. I learned the only way to go after something in your life is to do it from a place of freedom. I’m going to be the person I believe is right for me.”