090: Two Key Steps to Helping Your Child Learn To Swim – Summer Camp Continues!

Do you, like me, worry about your son or daughter drowning during a day at the pool or the beach?

When my two boys were small, I was given some great advice about keeping them safe while swimming, and that’s what today’s Summer Camp Episode is all about.20160703-406

First, a quick note about the Ninja Parenting Community: I’ve had a technical glitch hold up the opening for a few weeks, which is a bummer. However, it can work out really well for you because, as compensation, I’m offering more one-to-one support to those who become part of my email group and join the community in its very first week! (Hopefully in late July.) Becoming part of the email group now means:
– a weekly email about what’s happening on We Turned Out Okay
– the chance to join the Ninja Parenting Community at the best pricing that there will ever be, period.
– a one-to-one parent coaching call every three months for all the time you’re continuously in the community!
– I’m offering this as compensation for the time we are all stuck waiting as I figure out the technical glitch,
so you definitely want to jump into my email group!
Become part of the email group by clicking this link or going to weturnedoutokay.com/ninja-parenting-community-login and signing up to get notified about when the Ninja Parenting Community opens.

Go to weturnedoutokay.com/090 to read all about the key steps to helping your kid learn to swim, and to listen to the episode!

To really help your child learn to swim, here are the two recommendations we talk about in today’s’s episode:

1) years ago, a swim instructor who had worked with children for decades gave me this great advice: when you’re in the water with your young child, act as if getting splashed in the face is perfectly normal and to be expected. Smile as you’re getting splashed in the face, when it happens to your child don’t make a big deal about it – swimming means getting water in your face.
I recently saw a great example of this with my second cousin once removed, who is just sixteen months old and absolutely in love with the end of the slip and slide where you’re constantly getting water in your face.

2) be sure that it is the child’s intrinsic motivation – not yours or somebody else’s – that guides your child to move away from you in the water, or try new things such as going underwater. Until such time as her curiosity or desire for independence takes over, please use a flotation device such as a back-style floaty, worn on the back and with removable panels for different levels of buoyancy.
There will come a day when your child swims away under his or her own power and that is an awesome day – make it possible by allowing your child to determine when it happens!

Key Links:

Listen to our first Q&A ever, which happened to be about kids and swimming, by going to weturnedoutokay.com/017.

To get into my email group for weekly updates about what’s happening on the podcast and take advantage of the extra benefits I’m offering only to people who join the Ninja Parenting Community in its first week of being open – hopefully starting in late July 2016 – go to weturnedoutokay.com/ninja-parenting-community-login.

To contact me with your thoughts and ideas about learning to swim go to weturnedoutokay.com/contact.