For the past two summers I have enrolled my son in a swim school that offers phenomenal programs to teach children how to swim. He has a summer birthday so it is always hard for me to decide what age group I want him to be with. Last summer I put him with the 3 year olds even though he was turning 4 because it was his first experience swimming, but this summer I decided to put him with the 5 year olds since he did so well last year. What I didn’t factor in was that by moving him to the 5 year olds I was taking him out of the smaller pool where he can reach the bottom and putting him in the bigger pool where he has to rely on his swimming ability. After 3 days of swim school I was already regretting my decision. Nicholas was giving me a hard time about going in the morning and kept saying he wanted to go back to the little pool.
That night I told my husband I was going to talk to the director and get Nicholas switched into the younger group with the 4 year olds so that he could go back into the smaller pool. I tossed and turned all night thinking I had made a terrible decision and that I just wanted to make everything better. I guess the PrOtEcTiVe MoMmY in me had gone into overdrive because I couldn’t wait to get to swim school and fix everything for my little boy. When we got to swim school the following morning I decided that rather than just go to the director and switch Nicholas I should talk to his instructors first and get their opinion. As a teacher I always encouraged parents to come to me with questions or concerns so I thought following my own advice might be a good idea. Nicholas’ instructors assured me that he was swimming with a group of children who are at a level that is perfect for him. They also reminded me that it was Nicholas who expressed interest in swimming in his very first race that same week and he even came in first place. Dropping him to the younger group would allow him to touch the bottom of the pool and make him more comfortable, but it also would never have given him the opportunity to rise to the ChAlLeNgE and SuCcEeD!
I guess in the case of parenting it is important to FoLlOw YoUr HeArT and UsE YoUr HeAd!
~Robyn (Jersey Girl)