my son is going to be 3 years old in April,somehow he doesnt want to swim or go in the swimming pool,it just worries me abit,what I should do to convince him?
Becky - posted on 02/13/2009
My son is only 3.5 months old, so I haven't crossed this bridge yet, but my sister was always afraid of the water and she used to go to the Y with my mom but my mom doesn't know how to swim. I think I was "thrown in" the pool (figuratively speaking) and I love being in the pool. Maybe it is just one of those things he won't like? What about making bath time extra special and mimicking swimming/floating in the tub?
Again, I have no real clue, just going off the top of my head. Good luck!!
Julia - posted on 02/12/2009
I hav two boys and my youngest was terrified of the water, would never go in the pool and when I took him to swimming lessons he would cling to me the whole time, i would have to pry him off me to do anything, they stopped when winter hit and I never went back.
Whenever we would go to my parents for a swim he would sit on the side and we would wet him but he would never get in, but he loved the water being thrown at him.
It wasn't until 12 months ago, my son is now 5 that we were staying in a motel with a heated pool with steps that he finally got his confidence up. My eldest son who is 7 and I were swimming in the pool and Zac would sit on the side and then worked his way to the 1st step which was only ankle deep and sat in the water, they layed in the water, whist connor and I went over and i was showing my eldest how to kick in the water from the side, Zac joined in. He eventually went to teh second step and did the same thing.
He still isn't too keen to be taken right in the water, but he does like the kiddie pools at our local swimming pool and he will play in that for ages. If i take him in the deep pool with me he clings but then slowly starts kicking his legs behind him and moving his arms around. But I take it slowly with him, cause some days he clings and others he is more relaxed.
I think by the time he starts school and they do swimming as a group he will be confident enough to do it.
Jennifer - posted on 02/10/2009
I'm probably a BAD BAD MOTHER for doing this, but mine stalled out at the sides of the pool, he wasn't at all interested for too long in venturing out to the middle...so I did what anybody would do.....and I grabbed him and swam out with to the center of the pool with him. And we stayed there, till he got over it. I kept reassuring him that we were ok, and how nice it was, and blah blah blah, and he eventually got over it and wanted to do it over and over.
He loved it.
Jennifer - posted on 02/10/2009
Is the cold water too shocking maybe? Could you start in the 'cuzi? ;) Maybe talk about the swimming pool while he's in his bath. "You know, this looks just like the swimming pool.....wouldn't it be fun to swim and splash, etc" ha!
If it's the fear of drowning or falling, try having him sit at the edge of the pool with his toes in the water. Then advance further into the pool starting on the first step. Then down a step. Then scaling the sides of the pool with you. Use floaties, and an innertube. Gradually remove the innertube, leaving only the arm floaties. Sure enough, he'll be out there in the middle without you, safely.
Laura - posted on 02/09/2009
my oldest disliked water emmensly. We always persisted to get him in with us but always was scared. It wasnt until he was 6 (grade 1) that he started swimming once a week for school that all of a sudden he was confident..maybe it was cause all his friends were swimming with confidence...everysince then he has always wanted to go to the pool and show off his swimming...a year later and he is doing summersaults and backward summersaults in the water!! GOOD LUCK i think with time your son will swim when he is ready
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