This summer I was determined to teach my 5 year old how to swim. He has a healthy fear of the swimming pool – which I am grateful for! We’ve worked on kicking, floating, using his arms (we call it “ice cream scoops” – a term that speaks to him!), climbing out safely and the rules for getting in. After giving him a pair of goggles, it was like a whole new world opened up to him!
One day we spent a particularly long time at the pool and he got the hang of diving for sinking toys and swimming back to the side by himself. I was the proudest mom ever! He had reached a new level in his understanding of swimming. It had taken a long time but he had really conquered a lot! Then the pool vacuum turned on. This cute little kid doesn’t really like the pool vacuum and unfortunately, this same day he made all this progress in his swimming, he was slightly traumatized by the pool vacuum.
Turns out when it climbs up the sides of the pool and gets just above the surface, the sucking sound the vacuum makes can be pretty unnerving to a 5 year old. I sat out there with him, holding him, showed him it was the vacuum and not a scary monster or animal, told him he was safe but all he heard was the loud sucking sound above the surface and cried. Terrified.
All the work he had achieved felt lost. Everything down the toilet because of the pool vacuum. He told me he never wanted to swim in that pool again. Great. #MomFail
But I am a firm believer of getting back on the horse after you’ve been thrown off. So we went swimming the very next night at my brother’s house and the day after that back to my parents’ swimming pool with the dreaded vacuum. Although it took some convincing, he swam like a fish and loved it! Watching him through the process of conquering that fear was hard to watch on the one hand but made me even more proud of my little guy than ever!
We all have fears. We all stumble. Sometimes because of our own mistakes and sometimes because of the pool vacuum. If we help our kids learn to dust themselves off, take baby steps, and get back up we will not only help them achieve something they thought was lost, but they’ll learn perseverance and endurance – two life skills that will be invaluable and take them far.
At Jeanne’s, helping kids through stumbling blocks is an important part of what we do. We’re not just there to teach technique and choreography. We want to give your kids life skills that will carry them past their fears so they achieve their dreams! Watch below to learn more about Jeanne’s School of Dance and what we can do for you!
--Miss Amy :)
Miss Amy: I love teaching kids and watching that "A-ha!" moment happen when all the dots connect and the light bulb goes on! There's nothing better!