We inhale the future and exhale the past. Unknown
The cold and flu season is here! I am sure you have noticed all the coughing and sneezing near you. Some don’t even bother to cover their mouths. Imagine the horror. And worse? When was the last time they washed their hands? Ugh. Make that double ugh. Free advice. Run. Change your seat. Move.
How do you ‘catch’ a cold or the flu? One way is airborne (coughing and sneezing) and the other way is by touching things (doorknobs, all the things at your kid’s school, your devices, equipment at the gym, your yoga mat).
What does this have to do with swimming? Should I bring my child to swim lessons if they are not feeling well? No, no and no.
You run the risk of exposing others to your germs. Like me! I will be more than happy to reschedule your swim lesson. No worries! All swim teachers will be happy to reschedule and your swim school too.
Keep your child at home where there is plenty of fluids to drink and healthy items to eat. I remember my mother’s homemade chicken noodle soup. It made me feel special when I was not feeling well. Or was it the cream puff she bought for me?
Be sure to see your health care professional if necessary.
It is your child’s first day of swim lessons. Your camera is at the ready–please do not make me say it. “Parents please sit in the bleachers and wait until the lesson is over before your begin your photo op”. Let me explain why.
“Most” children are scared, nervous and overwhelmed when they first arrive at the pool. Rarely do I get a child (or even an adult) who is excited about swim lessons on their first day. Some kids are hiding behind their parents. For some, this is their first water experience. This is not a birthday party. However, I do give all my swim students a small package of cookies at the end of their lesson for a job well done! Even if the lesson did not go so well. You showed up and good intentions count! When you enter the pool where I teach you see the gigantic Olympic size pool before you see the Tot Pool. Children think the “big pool” is where they will be having their swim lesson. Imagine their horror.
If parents are walking along the edge of the Tot Pool taking photos while their child is having their swim lesson with me (or any other teacher) your child is not focusing or listening to me, they are looking to you to “rescue them” and take them home.
Some parents like to sit on the deck and “help me teach” as well as take photos. Again, parents you have to sit on the bleachers or the seats provided for parents at the pool. You are sending mixed messages to your children. There is plenty of time for a photo op after the lesson is over.
There is a happy ending to this dilemma. When your child has learned the basics of swimming, and they overcome their fears, that is the time for photos as they love to show-off. They will be happy to show you how they can go underwater and yell “watch me Mommy” as they jump in!
Summer is almost here and you are thinking about signing your child up for swim lessons. Swimming is a life skill everyone should know.
You tried swim lessons last summer and it was a total bust. You were thinking ‘my child is a year older and maybe he/she will be ready for lessons this summer’.
I would like to tell you a story. It may sound familiar. You signed your child up for swim lessons. You arrived at the pool on the first day of lessons and it was mass confusion. Your child is confused. They look like they are going to cry and bolt for the parking lot. You are trying your best to hold it together yourself. The class your child was put into has too many kids – most of them are ‘wall huggers’. Two are crying and will not get in the water. Two of the kids can already swim. What? They should be moved to another class but the pool staff told you they are too young to go to another class. The ‘swimmers’ are very disruptive (not their fault). You are thinking of taking your child out of the class, asking for a refund and never coming back. Could this be your story?
It is time for your homework or preparations for swim lessons.
Did you know swimming uses muscles you don’t normally engage, is easy on the joints, making it a great alternative to high impact activities. Swimming is pretty awesome!
You are not too old and it is not too late.