This summer I have put my foot down about learning to swim. My kids don’t like water. I jokingly say that my kids sink like rocks. They are not water babies. They have had swimming lessons before and they have not enjoyed them. Kid #3 has spent many a lesson clutching the side and screaming. For a long time I didn’t push it, why make them miserable if we didn’t have to? We have a boat and it is important to me that my kids are safe around water.
This summer I have pushed the issue and signed Kid #1 and #3 for swimming lessons. (Kid #2 is a special case.) Kid #1 is doing well. He has gained confidence and has moved up 2 levels in a week. Kid #3 is another story. She is scared. She is nervous. She is trying.
Athletic things come easy for Kid #3. She plays hockey, basketball and softball. She is the fastest runner in her class. Struggling to do something physical is new to her. It is hard - hard for her and hard to watch. We are going to keep trying. Has anyone had a reluctant swimmer? Any ideas we can use?