Ever since I can remember Max has been terrified (bold was necessary) of swimming. As a parent I feel like swimming is one of those things that my kids need to learn whether they like it or not. It's not like baseball where if you put them in and they absolutely don't want to play you can take them out and try to find something they might like better. Knowing how to swim can save your life so it's very important as a mother my boys know how to do it. Last year I put Max in private swimming lessons at a local place by our house. He hated it. The poor kid would get crazy anxiety every time Thursday, which is swim lesson day rolled around. I figured as time went on he would get more comfortable in the water and begin to get the hang of it. He did start to learn to float (as you can see in the picture above) but soon after I took that it was almost like he went backwards in his learning and starting getting more and more afraid of the water. Well, almost a year later (yes a whole year and a lot of money spent on swim lessons) he still is not swimming...not even close and he will be four in a couple months. I figured by now he would be like freakin Michael Phelps...okay well not really but I did think he would at least be comfortable in the water. In fact whenever either Ian or I get in the water with in anywhere he clings on for dear life and completely freaks out. I do not like to just give up on things but I decided maybe the method they were going with at his swimming school was just not for him (obviously) so I pulled him out.
With summer quickly approaching and pools every where we go I want to get Max swim safe!
I would love to hear from other moms how and when your kids starting swimming. Any advice is appreciated!