I have to admit, if N’s efforts at his last 2 swimming lessons are anything to go by, he’s going to be hard work to encourage come school work.
It’s great when your child loves swimming and being in the water, as he seems to do. But sometimes, there’s going to be something else they’d rather be doing. Anything other than the tasks they’re being given.
Our class has changed quite a lot this term. 2 of the old hands are no longer in the class, and these are people we’ve swum with for a long time. We’ve now got some new additions, one that’s a bit younger, and seems some way behind the others. A couple who are still trying to find their way and work out which parent the child prefers swimming with. I think N gets easily distracted by changes like this, even though he should be concentrating on what he’s doing himself.
I tried to get him to use his goggles this week to go underwater. But he still wasn’t having anything of it. This despite us having a conversation in the car about how I’d been borrowing his goggles as they were better than mine at not getting misted up/letting in water. So he didn’t want to try the underwater activity….nothing really different there.
We were meant to be doing a refresh on arms after last week, as well as some bubble blowing and breathing. Arms are never N’s strong point, although the action is improving. But this week, he just didn’t want to play ball (apart from when we were doing hitting the ball with our noses while blowing bubbles – he was a star at that one).
Usually when he gets a woggle, he’s happy enough kicking all over the place. But the other day, he wasn’t so keen. He started being a bit clingy. Instead of jumping away, turning and swimming back to me, he was only doing half a job; turning then staying where he was and moaning that he wanted me instead of actually swimming back. Very strange, and not really himself.
It’s really hard to keep calm for them when things are going to plan. It’s a good job I’m not a teacher as I’d not have the patience that the Water Babies teachers have. They have to keep a cheery face, even when faced with stubborn, independent toddlers like N!
He did perk up during ‘What’s the time Mr Shark?’, probably because he got to be the shark and he likes that. But the race they had swimming to get the ducks and fish really wound me up.
I’m really competitive, so it’s really hard to refrain from competitive behaviour when they’re swimming. N just would not swim, he was just drifting aimlessly. In fact, not really doing even that. I guess there’s a fine line between getting irritated, being encouraging and being over-pushy. I’d just like him to try, rather than not do anything, as it’s only 30 minutes to do a bit of swimming that he usually really loves. I’m hoping that he was just feeling the heat a bit and wasn’t quite right.
As for me, I’ll just have to get over the fact that he was last every time, and is just a r-e-a-l-l-y slow swimmer…when he decides to swim at all!
Do you get competitive with your children?
Disclosure: We swim (ahem) with Water Babies, all words and views are my own