Tuesday, June 21, 2011

pool boy

Noah playing in Annalie's pool last month - happy as a clam.
Yesterday, Noah had his first swim lesson. He spent the entire 25 minutes we were in the (3 feet deep) water clinging to me for dear life and crying that he wanted to get out. I can't say that I was surprised - he loves to play with and in the water, but he's not a fan of deep water (and when you're not quite 3 feet tall, lots of water is too deep). I had hoped, however, that being with other children would make the deep(-ish) water less scary. And while he did let go of my neck with one of his arms for a few moments (!) to retrieve a rubber duckie that a (perfectly happyly splashing) baby girl had thrown his way, that idea didn't really pan out.

Today, when it was time to get ready for swim class, Noah refused to put on his swimsuit. We had a lengthy conversation about it, and decided that he wouldn't go to swim class anymore.
We both feel better now.

7 comments:

Annika said...

You can't make a child be ready for something. Good for you for not trying to.

bethany actually said...

He tried one class. You found out he's not ready. Give it another year or two and he'll be begging for swim class so he can go down waterslides. :-)

Yara said...

I'm not quite ready for swim classes, either. I totally understand how he feels.

a chris said...

Not that you need me to guess, but I'd guess Noah will "get" what's fun about swimming, not too long from now, and you can try it again without resistance.

So many moments are like this at this age, aren't they? They're so vehement about the opinions they form, and good at resisting reason, and at keeping the clothes off that you're trying to put on. We'll stumble through. Over here, we're going with the flow when we can.

They're so sweet and huggable (well, you know, when you can catch them) before the "age of reason," though, no?

zebrabelly said...

Elliott and Noah can commiserate over stupid swimming lessons. They'll be all, "My goodness but deep water is deep, don't you think?" and "Why yes, chap, I do! And the water in my face is simply deplorable!"

Melissa Haworth said...

Biscuit cried through swim lessons (when she even got in the water) at age 3 we skipped lessons the summer she was 4 and then right around turning 5 she learned to swim with ease (and without fear) and is now on swim team. Moral of the story: don't worry about it and try again later :)

Lauren S. said...

good job, mom. it's a serious waste of time right now. he'll like it better next year. :)