Monday, 3 September 2012

It is all about consistency


God I hate swimming lessons. Why does it take so long to learn to swim? It seems to go has gone on for years and years.

"It is all about consistency Mrs Multiple", the friendly but oh-so-annoying pipsqueak told me at the pool last week when the four kids went for an assessment to work out what 'level' they are now at.

The Minx and Dew Drop are starting from Level 1. This term they will be commencing what will probably be a decade of swimming lessons. Both had to be peeled off the wall to be "assessed". Sigh.

Nugget and Doo Dahon the other hand, have already had their fair share of swimming lessons but appear to be going backwards. They will probably find themselves in a class with a couple of two year olds this year. Sigh.

"Ah, yes. Consistency" I say, looking around as the children bounce off the walls. I have heard that word more than once before on my parenting road.

A myriad excuses flood my overheated brain. Are the pools this hot so that I can't think I think?

Why didn't we go throughout winter I ask myself feeling more than a little judged by the pipsqueak? Ah yes. The pool we were using closed at the end of Term 1. The kids played soccer in winter and I work three days a week so it was very hard to find time between practice, work, games and, of course, colds to fit it in throughout the winter. I had my reasons.

"I meant to sign them up for winter", I confess lamely.

"Our pool is 29 degrees in winter", she states smugly. "No excuses for not swimming all year long at this swim school".

Hmmm... none indeed.

20 comments:

Jo @Country life experiment said...

I sometimes wonder if we start kids swimming before they are really ready for it. In a country where swimming is such an integral part of our lives, we want to protect our kids, but sometime they just don't get it for some reason. I remember hating swimming lessons for years, and then suddenly one day it just clicked and I could swim.I went from barely able to float to doing 50meters in a few weeks.

Shelley said...

I quit swimming weekly swimming lessons a long time ago. HATED them. Now we do a week long daily sessions each summer, kids love it and learnt more in one week then in an entire semester!

Kelly Exeter said...

I have a confession. My child is three and has never ever done a swimming lesson. I realise this makes me the worst mother in the world but ... oh well!

MultipleMum said...

Kelly, the twins are nearly four and are just starting out. No judgement from me! x

Mama of 2 boys said...

Bloody iPhone just ate my loooong comment. Ok MM, I'm going to make you feel better (I hope). I am yet to put either of the boys in swimming lessons. I get pangs of guilt about this, often. I do intend to put Angus into some intensive lessons with hubby's brother who is a swim instructor this year. But like yourself, I hate (the idea of) swimming lessons. Getting into a hot, gross pool in my cossie, holding a baby/toddler just turns me right off. Don't feel too bad, because see, I'm much worse ;) xo

allison tait said...

My guys never swim in winter. We did one year where they swam through terms 2 and 3 and it was a long year of colds, ear infections and general horror. Now we do term 1 and 4 and everybody's happy, including me. They get there in the end, that's what I figure.

Erin said...

""Our pool is 29 degrees in winter", she states smugly. "No excuses for not swimming all year long at this swim school"."

How absolutely rude!!! steam would be coming out my ears!! anyhow my experience agrees with Alison, ear infections and heated pools, no thanks.

Amanda Kendle said...

We are a summer-only swimming family too. One year of constant colds and ear infections was enough for me. This winter, I smugly noted, we would have missed more than half of the lessons with colds anyway! (Hmm so maybe the swimming didn't cause it ... but still). Come summer he catches up super-fast because we have a pool at home so he's in it every day. It's just a different kind of consistency!

River said...

I gave up swimming lessons for my two year-old, because the baby kept tipping over his pram and crawling out of it towards the deep end of the pool. Then we moved and had no pool access. My grandchildren didn't start swimming lessons until they were 7 and 9.

DancingInTheRain said...

Were these comments made with a Scottish (Irish?) accent?

Photographer Mum said...

We don't swim between May and August purely because of sickness. The boys started back yesterday and J starts back this afternoon. They enjoy it but it is such a hassle, especially having 2 different times AND days. The boys level is not catered for after school hours :( Otherwise, all 3 would be in at the same time (as they used to be).
Sometimes I wonder if I could just do it myself with them, but chances are I probably wouldn't be consistent enough.

Anonymous said...

It's like therapy - once a week will give you the tools but only daily practice will give you the skills. Save your money and do the summer intensives :-)

E. said...

I think some kids just get it faste than others. Girld Child spent a long time in one level and then got bounced through the next level in two weeks. I think maybe she has missed some fundamentals as she has stalled again.

Christie - Childhood 101 said...

We skip swimming in the winter too. Immy loves the water so much that she soon picks it up again once the weather warms up and little kids lessons just seem to be about fun and confidence anyway so I am not too bothered.

Tat said...

My kids are not big fans of swimming lessons either, but it's the one thing I insist on and we go all year. I remember only too well nearly drowning and being pulled out of the water by my friend's dad. We spend all summer in water, so they need to swim. Non-negotiable. Once I deem them confident enough, they can stop, but not yet!

mia gracia said...

I would love to learn how to swim. But I don't think swimming likes me much. lol I'm a frustrated swimmer. Ugh!
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Miss Pink said...

When we stopped swimming lessons with Bluey I just...haven't gone back.
Greenie is now three and not "swimming" where Bluey at his age was a confident swimmer. I just don't care though. I was going to attempt to teach him last summer but it was so awful we didn't even get in the pool. If I can't this summer I guess I will put him in lessons. It's not a fun thing though. Especially if you have to get in with them.

Maxabella said...

Well, you know how I feel about the darn swimming lessons. That Pipsqueak can just go bugger off and swim up and down a boring black line or something. x

Dolores said...

We now only do Term 4 & 1 with a couple of intensives. When you've got one or both sick and you skip a lesson you lose double the cost, just not worth it. In fact, I think they did get more out of the last intensive week and it was half the price of a term. The only problem is that we'd have to take them swimming socially because they love their weekly lessons. They have been whinging about not swimming for a few weeks already. And I didn't start them until they were 3, we tried the baby lessons with our first and it was a drag. I would rather wait until they are old enough to do the lesson on their own.

Kymmie said...

I feel your pain, and having four in classes must be costing you a zillion dollars!

I have wondered if it was worth all the money, and my husband has wondered even more than me. But I confess that now I can see the value. My lads are confident swimmers in the deep pool. It's finally happened. Even though the pipsqueak was annoying, hang in there. It will happen! xx

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