My daughter is not the least bit shy. I overheard her telling a stranger at the pool that she was a mermaid, waiting for her fins to grow. I kept trying to call her away, while keeping an eye on her brother, but she kept filling the ladies in on her “true identity.”
How can a little girl go from squealing and not wanting to put her face in the water to full-blown swimming on the “deep-end” in a matter of minutes?
She swam around wearing her bright pink puddle jumper, but she wanted to practice taking it off on the shallow end. That’s how it started. It wasn’t pressure from me, or swimming lessons, it wasn’t even really a suggestion. Just a “magical” pair of swimming goggles she borrowed from a friend and all of a sudden it clicked.
She realized she could see underwater, and being convinced her friend’s goggles were magical, it was no longer as scary. Next thing we knew she was jumping in and telling us to back up further so she could swim to us.
I’d been contemplating registering her for swimming lessons to help her learn the skill we’d been practicing. But once again, my child has shows me it’s all in her time, not mine.
We went out and bought Lil’ J her own pair of goggles, and so far they’ve been magical enough for her too. I’m thinking of surprising her with a mermaid fin for Christmas. (This is Texas, where we still talk about swimming in the winter).
I borrowed my sister’s GoPro to capture some fun family time on video at the pool. Check out our little swimmer!
How did your kiddos learn how to swim?
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