Last month Bunny started swimming lessons. She was so ready and excited for class to begin. The first week went fine, and then we went into the second week where she realized that part of learning to swim means putting your face in the water.
She told me she didn’t want to go to swimming class any more.
And I think if it was almost any other activity, I would have been fine with her quitting. But, when it comes to swimming we want our children to know how to swim. End of story.
When I was a little girl, I almost drowned because I didn’t know how to swim. I am okay with my kids being a little uncomfortable now because it will make a difference for them later.
I told Bunny that she was not allowed to stop and that she needed to learn to swim. I think it “clicked” a bit more when I shared why I wanted her to learn to swim (because Mommy didn’t know how to when she was a little girl and fell in the water).
I think it made a difference. That, and a couple of other kids joined her class. She had the first couple of weeks to herself because other children didn’t show up for her class.
Now she’s happy and excited to go swimming. I think it also helps that the kids who have since joined her class are a little older but her teacher asks Bunny to be the example and to show them how to do certain moves!
So I’ve been thinking about our future and activities that I want for them. I’m okay with quitting, but only if it makes sense.