According to my former sales director, a risk taker will happily go on roller coasters, while someone who’s risk averse, won’t. I’m not sure how true that is, but given he had me down as risk averse (probably true as I’ll only take risks once I’ve assessed it fully so it’s not really a risk), it can’t be as I love roller coasters.
I don’t think I’d ever class N as a risk taker either. He’ll have a go at things but only once he’s checked them out, seen other children doing something, or with encouragement. But he’s definitely getting more daring and I think this week’s seen a big change in him at his swimming lesson.
While other children in the class have been happy to be ‘chucked’ around by their parents, having likely been swimming a lot outside of lessons. With N, he’s always wanted to be closer to me, and we’ve only ever been swimming with 1 adult, me, so there’s not really been the opportunity to have him swimming between 2 people or horseplay.
But at this lesson, he seemed much more daring.
We had them jumping off our knees and having to turn and swim back to us. Cue lots of pre-schooler belly flops, but they loved it. N wasn’t panicked at all although I think he missed the point of swimming back to me, as he was happy turning himself round in the water! A couple of times I was also able to remove my support with him swimming a little way on his own. I reckon give it a few months and he might be well away on his swimming progress.
One of N’s favourite parts of the lesson is climbing on my back with his arms round my neck as we sing the closing song. They’re meant to try star floats instead, but N refuses to even try. If I put him on his back he just tries to flip over as quickly as possible. So instead he has a piggy back round the pool.
This week though, he decided that a piggy back wasn’t exciting enough. No, instead he was almost using me as a surf board, pretty much crouching on my back, toes digging into it. I guess it’s good for balancing, although I’m not entirely sure he knew what he was doing.
Maybe this turning point means he’ll be more willing to try more things out when swimming (and out of the pool) and we’ll see some more progress.
Did your children have a turning point in the pool? Are they daredevils or a bit more cautious in the water?