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I had to share how proud I am of Joel. Today Joel faced his fear of the water and participated in his swimming lessons at Goldfish Swim School. Let me take you back for a second to explain why this is such a big deal. Do y’all remember last summer when I enrolled Joel and Elle in swimming lessons with our town? If you do, then you also remember that after weeks of going to the pool for lessons Joel was only comfortable going into the water with the instructor holding him tightly at his chest but wouldn’t do much more than that due his fear of the water.
This summer we planned to enroll Joel in swimming lessons again but he begged us not to enroll him. When I say begged I mean he pleaded and explained that it would be a waste of time because he wouldn’t go in and that we’d go every day for no reason. Who is this kid?
So you know I’m the boss and I don’t care what my son has to say about what he doesn’t want to do. Do you think I enrolled him this summer? Of course I didn’t. I’m not going to waste money again! I had you there for a second right?
Well…I enrolled his sister in swimming lessons over the summer and she excelled during the 6 week program. But when that was over I felt like we needed to do more. My best friend Sasha enrolled my God daughter Alyssa in swimming lessons at the Goldfish Swim School and she highly recommend it to me. We decided it would be a good idea to enroll Elle there as well to build on the swimming skills she learned over the summer. We talked with Joel and he once again said he didn’t want to take swimming lessons. I said “fine” for the first two months but when I saw how fast Elle was progressing in just 4 lessons I knew I had to be the parent in this situation and enroll him in swimming lessons.
My goal is to get him over the fear of water, even if he doesn’t learn how to swim, I just want him to be calm (and maybe learn how to float too but beggers can’t be choosers). Last week Joel went to his first swimming lesson and wouldn’t get into the water. I didn’t push him. I asked him if he had fun and he said he did 😳 How? 🤷🏾♀️ I told him he’d have even more fun if he went into the water and he agreed. So today we put that to the test.
He went into the water (with some coaching) and he participated in class and was swimming across the pool with assistance. But my oh my was this a victorious day for my big boy! 🙌🏾
Watch this video to see his victory over the pool! I highly recommend Goldfish Swim School for teaching children of all ages how to swim. They have locations everywhere, find a location near you here.