SWIMMING MINUS THE SCREAMING

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Archie loves being in the bath, splashing & playing but when it comes to going to the swimming baths then it’s a completely different situation, he screams before we even get anywhere near the water! I’ve tried to take him swimming on about five occasions, each time it has been a nightmare.

With my anxiety getting worse I just didn’t think I could face it again but I knew I had to persevere. All week I was determined to take A to the under 4’s swimming session but when the time actually came the excuses started and as usual I started to talk myself out of it, but unusually, I pushed myself and got ready to go and I’m glad I did.

We had a great time, A is still not comfortable in the pool but there were no tears this time. No screaming, no funny looks from other people like I’m torturing my child and that I shouldn’t be there. A clung to me in the water with his legs wrapped tightly around me but he laughed and splashed and it was wonderful to see him enjoying himself.

I think the key to the success this time was that we went as soon as the session started at 10am, this meant it was less busy with only a few people in the pool so Archie senses weren’t overwhelmed. Once it started to get busier he began to get a little nervous & upset so we just paddled at the edge of the pool until he had had enough & tried to escape through the shower block but we managed a whole 45 minutes!

I’m proud of myself for pushing my anxiety aside to take him but I’m super proud of Archie for coping so much better, and hopefully this will mean that we can go more often & I can get some additional exercise!

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9 Comments

  1. October 29, 2014 / 10:40 pm

    Hello there, it sounds like it’s going really well-our little man is up and down with swimming, one minute he loves it and the other he is really upset. It can be hard work I think but we are persevering and hoping it pays off! Really enjoying reading your blog x #ssamazingachievements

    • gymbunnymum
      October 29, 2014 / 10:52 pm

      Thanks! I think it’s so important to take them swimming as they need to be comfortable around water so I’ll keep persevering too x

      • October 29, 2014 / 11:28 pm

        You’re so right-I just really want him to enjoy it so we are sticking with it! x

  2. October 30, 2014 / 8:39 pm

    That’s really brilliant, swimming is such an important skill, as well as being great fun! We’ve had moments with all three of ours, but they are all confident swimmers for their age now, so it really is worth sticking with it, just take it slowly 🙂 #SSAA

    • gymbunnymum
      October 30, 2014 / 8:52 pm

      Thanks, it definitely is x

  3. October 31, 2014 / 11:09 pm

    Oh I am so pleased for you. I have watched a lot of children come to the pool for the first times as my boys have gone through swimming lessons and water confidence does tend to start with them being upset. I am glad it is getting easier.

  4. November 3, 2014 / 10:50 am

    This is fantastic I’m so glad you pushed yourself. I know how easy it is to talk yourself out of things because you are worried how it is going to go. We always go early in the morning, I agree that swimming pools can be so noisy and overwhelming. You have inspired me to try and take both children next week!

    Thanks for linking up with Small Steps Amazing Achievements :0)
    x

    • gymbunnymum
      November 3, 2014 / 11:10 am

      Thanks for the lovely comment, I’m going to keep taking the small steps x

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