My son is almost 18 months, and in those 18 months we have had many adventures. I had never thought swimming would be one of them- but it is. When Jaxson was 8 months I brought him to swim lessons, of course I went in with him. My girlfriend and I both went with our kiddies and Jaxson loved it then. Well, fast forward 10 months and not so much. This past Sunday was our first swimming lesson and as soon as I finally got him changed, got myself changed and made our way to the pool deck he already looked uneasy. I got in the pool first and then brought him in.
As soon as his chubby little legs hit the water (let me note the water is warm), he began to ball. Not just a small whine or tear, but a full on my mother is forcing me to be here wail. All of the other babies (12-24 months) seemed to be quite happy, splashing, kicking and smiling at their parents. Not my son. I was that parent, you know the one you feel sorry for because she has 'that kid'. Well that was me. And funny enough, I was ok with that. I encouraged my son to try and participate in what the instructor was showing: blowing bubbles, the starfish, jumps into the pool. Throughout each activity he cried and cried some more.
With about 10 minutes left in the lesson, he stopped crying and seemed ok with practising some more jumps and chasing a ball around the pool. After our swimming lessons, he was happy to be out of the pool and I felt guilty. I felt guilty that I seemed to be forcing my child to do something he obviously didn't want to do. But then I thought, what type of disservice would I be doing to my son if I didn't encourage him to do something that maybe he was scared of.
Swimming I believe is an essential skill that people should have, I have swam my whole life and I want my son to be a confident swimmer too. I told my mom about our adventures when I was small and she said I acted the same way, hmm apple and tree scenario for sure. My mom encouraged me (because she can't swim) and I ended up loving it (and I still do). With that, hopefully our swimming adventures will be less adventurous next week....but I guess we will find out! Here are a couple pictures of my little man, not in the pool because those would just be all tears haha.
Sledding in the snow...
Momma.. I can't see, but I bet you can't catch me!!