I’m sure like most first time mums we all start off with good intensions and get our babies signed up to baby swimming lessons when we are on maternity leave.
But, why is it so important to make sure you carry on this activity after you go back to work and really for the rest of your child’s early years?
I think the most important reason is to save their lives. Swimming is one skill you can give to your child as a parent knowing that it would save their life if they got into danger. Even at a very small age like this you tube video below:
Swimming is also a great activity to do with your children at weekends that gives them the self-confidence to try new things. The holidays I remember when I was a child were based around swimming activities, whether that was a villa with a pool, going snorkelling or making my dad go on every ride there was at a water park! Each spark brilliant memories for myself as well as my parents and all of these wouldn’t have happened if I wasn’t able to swim.
Swimming promotes a fun and healthy life for the whole family as well as giving a child confidence about learning a new skill. Once they get slightly older they can start competitions in club gala’s from about 5 years old, giving them skills about winning and losing and realising that hard work is the key to success.
It doesn’t have to cost a fortune, most leisure centres run affordable lessons throughout the year but even just taking your child once a week and teaching them some of the skills you have, will increase their confidence in water.
If you do one thing this summer while enjoying this amazing weather, teach your child to swim.