Watching your child develop his swimming ability will be one of your most rewarding experiences as a parent. Here are some DOs and DON’Ts for your lesson…
Do bring your child in her swimsuit and ready to swim. Changing into street clothes after the lesson is fine.
Do not give your child a “pep talk” before his swim lesson. Put him in the water, sit back, relax, and watch.
Do SMILE! Look happy even though you may be uneasy at first. Your feelings transfer to your child.
Do not wear sunglasses. Eye contact is essential in all aspects of parenting and communication.
Do pay attention to your child while she is in the water. You will likely be amazed at her rapid progress.
Do not coach or give advice while he is in the water. The coach is in charge of all aspects of the swim lessons.
Do look for parenting areas to apply the disciplines used in swimming. Success promotes other successes!
Do cheer and clap for your child and make a big deal out of her little successes. Children love parental perks!
Do not use cell phones or chatter excessively while your child is swimming. You may miss one of his breakthrough moments!
Do keep continuity in the child’s routine and family structure. Keep choices simple and life consistent and understandable. It makes the child’s and parents’ jobs much easier.
Do not offer the child choices in matters of life importance or where only one choice is acceptable. Swimming is just one example of many such choices.
Do realize that all children, as part of their normal growth pattern, will try to manipulate for control whenever possible. Be in charge when it is important. Swimming is important.
Do not be surprised if your child swims quicker than expected. Many kids respond very quickly in the water.
Do marvel at how comfortable and confident your child is in the water as the lessons progress. He is on his way to a lifetime of fun and happiness!!
Do not be surprised if your child appears to be a different person than the one who started the lessons… her confidence will likely transfer to other areas of her life.
Do be excited and relieved that your child is now a safe swimmer who has a lifetime of enjoyment ahead of him.