I feel kind of bad for my kids. Because of Bill’s job and the demands of the summertime we never go places like the pool or the beach. I’ve gotten a lot more comfortable with taking them places but taking them both to water still scares the hell out of me.
At six years old Cameron can hardly swim. Sure, he’s got all the confidence in the world but he’s lacking in the skills department. He loves the water and has confidence, in my book that’s a recipe for disaster.
Poor little Logan will be four years old and is just now taking his first swim lessons.
I think that my own inability to swim has made it ok for me to not get the kids swimming. Not that it is ok, but in my mind it’s kind of like, “Well I can’t swim so it’s no big deal that they can’t.” The best I can do is keep myself alive until help comes. I guess if it meant saving one of the boys I could probably pull it off, I know the basics.
Part of The Summer of Mommyland was to get out of the comfort zone and not just for me, for the boys too. They can’t swim…This will be the summer they learn!
For the better part of the past four weeks both of the boys have been taking daily swim lessons. Monday through Thursday we spend an hour or so watching them learn how to not drown.
I have to give them both credit, they have improved ten fold in the short amount of time they’ve been going. Cameron can actually swim. He doesn’t have the endurance yet and the fact that he can’t even touch in the shallow end means he has to work harder than the other kids but he’s getting it.
Logan cried the first few lessons and really wanted nothing to do with swimming and he is now my little fishie. He’s not as confident as his older brother but he’s getting more comfortable in the water. For a kid who has hardly spent anytime in water outside of the bathtub, he doing an amazing job.
Do your kids like to swim? Were they late bloomers like mine?