We are a family of water babies! Ever since I was little swimming has been one of my favourite things to do. Once I got to a teenager and then adult my chances to swim got less and less, and almost non-existent after I was 21, But having kids allowed me to swim more.
With Roo she was a natural, even from just being in a bath to a swimming pool, but she did learn a little later as again we didn’t really have the chance to do when she was really little, which was a shame in reflection. Having holidays like Butlins though, gave her and us a great chance to swim, in which she fell in love. We bought her lesson to get her more advanced and even till this dad still loves to go swimming whenever we get the chance.
Tigger was a different story, he was at times petrified, even as simple as a bath. There was no reason, or incident, or cause to why he was so afraid or unsure, but if you look at what he was like in a whole host of other activities, I’m how cautious he is, it’s not a surprise. It’s been a long road, and it’s taken him to 9 years old to be fairly confident at swimming, he still had his moments, and you still have to be wary of him, but the 2 years of swimming lessons and being involved in family trips away like Butlins etc..
Where there’s a swimming pool has allowed him to grow in confidence, even now I think what he was like 2 years ago, he wouldn’t let me go as we would swim around, not he’s happy to go off with his sister around the rapids, even do water slides!
Piglet, well she is the adventurous one, so no surprise that enjoys water and swimming, she is starting lessons soon, which will help her. To be honest, of all the things, she is actually the most cautious with water, which is fine because it’s dangerous, but it is a surprise to see her like it lol. However, when she’s with me or boo, her confidence rises and the bossiness comes out.
Even Piglet though is talking about swimming a lot more, she has talked about when she’s doing it a school and when we next go on holiday she has a plan for what she doing in the pool, ultimately shes that type of girl but I’m pleased that shes thinking about it more as it was something she was. more nervous about at a younger age.
Water for us
As for boo she just goes with the flow, her natural anxiety kicks in with water and the kids, and I don’t think it’s necessarily her favourite thing to do, but she gets involved as much as she wants. For me I love swimming, as I’ve got older and slightly larger I do have that resistance to wanting to be just in my swimming boxes, but growing up it was a different story. I would spend hours in the pool, as much as I could when we ever we went, it wasn’t anything special or me doing anything special in the pool but I just loved that feeling of hanging out in the pool.
As a growing and ageing family with us all having different things we like, and lots going on in our individual life’s, swimming is still one thing that we all enjoy doing together. With whatever is planned and whatever’s been requested, the kids still want to go swimming. They talk about it fairly regularly and with talk of holidays or activities, they almost immediately go straight to swimming, so hopefully this will be something we keep doing as a family.
Great article ? I’m glad she’s getting better around water ? my son and fiancee love the water!26 January 2020 at 7:19 pm
Swimming is such a great way to keep the family in shape and encourage exercising. Not to mention, it is so much fun as well!27 January 2020 at 3:56 pm
It is so important that we teach our children to swim.
Water is so much fun but so dangerous.
It’s lovely thar you can all enjoy it together x27 January 2020 at 7:25 pm
We love being in the water too. Little man started swimming lessons several years ago and he is a confident swimmer. We haven’t started lessons with the baby yet but are planning on starting soon.27 January 2020 at 8:47 pm
Oh water babies- the best! I was amazed at how babies can swim under water but it makes sense. Swimming is just so relaxing and a way to just switch off for me27 January 2020 at 9:21 pm
My mummy has rediscovered swimming with me, but still doesn’t do it as much as she used too! Family holidays tend to be when we do it the most as its always a bit of a faff at our local pool x She misses the quiet swims though!27 January 2020 at 9:30 pm
Jack used to be terrified but finally enjoys baths, showers and the swimming pool. Olivia is getting there but is still a little unsure. Swimming is an essential life skill so we keep taking them.27 January 2020 at 10:16 pm
I think it is so important for children to be water babies and enjoy water but also know the dangers28 January 2020 at 11:23 am
I think it’s so important for kids to learn how to swim when they’re young. I remember how much I loved it when I was little x28 January 2020 at 11:53 am
Yes definitely feel that kids need to enjoy the water at an early age for fear of being scared of it but also so this safely28 January 2020 at 2:09 pm
My kids are total water babies! It did take a while at first for them to actually like the water but now they love it!28 January 2020 at 4:50 pm
Living on an island, I think it is vital that every child learns water safety and be able to swim28 January 2020 at 4:57 pm
We see swimming as a life skill in our family. It was very important for me that they all learnt to swim. Luckily we all love the water!30 January 2020 at 2:43 pm