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-existant 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 as 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 with. We bought her lesson to get her more advance 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.
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.
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 to do together.