Swimming is considered as a skill and a recreational activity at the same time. It’s suggested that you teach your children to swim at a very young age to prevent them from getting trouble in the water.
But, if you’re responsible and willing enough as a parent, you can do something about it. And if you need a little bit of help, don’t turn your head in other direction because the answers are right in front of you. You may now want to have a sit while giving this article a time to read.
Be knowledgeable enough on what you’re teaching
Before you initiate on teaching your children to swim, you must be sure that you’re knowledgeable enough about it. This is not to belittle your capabilities but to ensure your children’s safety. And primarily the development of their knowledge in swimming.
Swimming isn’t an easy peasy type of a sport so if you’re a normal parent who knows to swim, teach them the basics instead. You can first give them a hand in paddling, kicking, breathing in the water, body coordination, or by introducing them to the sport and water.
Make it more like a fun time
Kids are hard to please, that’s the truth and it’s a bit challenging for parents, you know. They can change their minds all a sudden – from this to that or from here to there. That’s why you might need a good amount of superpowers only to make them want to learn how to swim.
Well, to make it easier for you, you can make it more like a fun time or playtime for them. Since kids are fond of something to make fun of and colourful, here are some easy tips you can do to convince them:
- Most of the children especially when they reached the toddler stage get afraid of water. Overcome that parenthood stage by buying them some rubber duckies or colourful bath bombs. That would make Bathtime a very fun and exciting time.
- Always be with them whenever they take a bath or attend their swimming classes. The best part is that you could play like you’re still learning swimming too so they wouldn’t get a little embarrassed. This could also be a nice way for you and your children to have bonding time.
- To start up their swimming career, buy them some cute or custom swimwear with custom swim caps (yes! Custom swimming essentials are now available and they’re so adorable!), kiddie swimming goggles and kickboard. This will make them feel like a pro even they’re only starting to light up their swimming career.
- Play around the pool while teaching them. Assign one of them to be the squid, the other one as a shark, you as a whale and so on and so forth. Play the characters of SpongeBob Squarepants or play the role of mermaids.
Make up a good schedule
As a parent, it’s understood that your schedule is jam-packed. That makes going with your kids to their extra-curricular activities a dream to both of you. That’s why it’s important that you pick on the right day in a week for them to attend their swimming classes.
Let’s say on weekdays, you’re at work and they’re at school, you can opt for weekend schedule. It’s necessary and more advisable that you go with your children when they attend swimming classes or any other sports training. This is for their safety purposes and for your awareness of their progress as well.
Shower them with words of encouragement
As your children make progress in learning and mastering the sport, be generous enough to shower them with words of praise and encouragement. Trust me, this may look simple to you but it really means a lot to them.
Your words of encouragement can highly help them do better and inspire them even more. For them, those words mean that they are being supported and cheered in every step they make on their way. Moreover, it will serve as their foundation to have the guts to believe in their own capabilities in so many ways.
Tell them it’s a great advantage to know how to swim
To completely fulfil your duty as a parent wanting to teach their kids to swim, don’t ever forget to tell them why you want them to learn. Tell them the advantages of being able to swim. With that, they won’t feel like you’re only dictating them to learn the sport, but to protect them instead.
Especially now that the case of children’s drowning is continuously increasing. Tell them as a parent that it’s a great fulfilment not only for you but for them to have enough knowledge of swimming.
So, you’ve reached the end of the article means you’re really interested in how you could swim to success with your kids. Don’t forget to always be there by their side no matter what happens. Be as supportive as you can as a parent. If you ever succeeded in making your children learn to swim, please contribute your stories with us.