So this week I saw a video of a young baby floating in a swimming pool trying to keep above the water. There was so much debate on whether it was child cruelty or actually a really smart thing to teach them.
As we all know, we cannot keep our eyes on our children every second of the day. It just isn’t possible. We obviously like to think that we do, but we can’t – that’s life.
I made the decision to take my little man to swimming lessons from about 3 months old. I am not a confident swimmer as I wasn’t taught from a particularly young age. That is why I wanted to make sure that little man had no fear of the water.
On maternity leave it was definitely easier than now I am back at work. But hubby and I made a decision that it is such an important life skill and shouldn’t be put off.
So every Saturday morning we go to swimming lessons with Puddle Ducks. Even though it is a morning of our only 2 days off as a family, the benefits are huge.
Little man has gone from strength to strength and shows no signs of fear in the water. If anything he doesn’t even want me to hold him anymore, and would quite happily attempt to kick and swim on his own.
Having been swimming for over a year of his life already, it is the best class we have ever taken.
I cannot defend the way in which the mother of the small baby decided to raise awareness of how important teaching young children to swim is. It wasn’t a nice video to watch.
However I do agree that awareness needs to be raised on safety in and around the water for young children.
Children love water and love to splash around. There will be a time when we are on holiday, and around a pool. I feel better knowing that my little man could get himself to the side of the pool or float to the surface if he was to ever fall in.
I honestly hope he doesn’t, obviously, but it may be that 1 second in 24 hours that I take me eye off him, that is what might happen.
We are only human. We cannot keep them on a leash or hold on to them every second of the day. So as long as we are there to help teach them these skills, then we are giving our children the tools to swim or float should they need it.
So what are your experiences of swimming? Does your little one love the water? Do you see it as an important survival skill?