For a long time we’ve struggled to get Mademoiselle swimming because she wouldn’t put her face under water. She had no confidence in doing so.
Not sure why, but I think it’s part of her make up. She is naturally cautious. She wants to try new things but wants to know precisely how to do it, outcomes and consequences. Once she understands those then she embarks, and often becomes a master quickly because she’s thought it all thru.
Therein lies the problem with putting your head under water when swimming. To Mademoiselle, putting your head underwater means you can’t breathe. And the consequence is… Exactly.
For a long time she just wouldn’t do it, and I honestly wondered the value of paying for her to bob up & down for 30 minutes at a time.
That was until last Wednesday.
She started swimming with a new teacher, and everything’s starting to click. In just two weeks her water confidence has grown more than in the previous year, which has allowed her to accept that she won’t croak it if her face is in the water for a short period, and more importantly that she doesn’t need to panic. As a result her swimming posture has changed shape dramatically and the techniques that have been stored in her head are now pouring out.
I’m super proud of her and her perseverance. She easily could’ve got despondent and thrown in the towel. Especially now she’s in the same class as her younger brother. But she didn’t. She kept going and it’s now starting to pay off.
There’s still some way to go but her water confidence has grown exponentially, which is such a big step forward.
She’s a stubborn little monkey at times. But a stubbornness with a determination to master her subject will probably take her far. It’ll certainly take her swimming.
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I'm Tracey, nice to meet you. Mummyshire was 'born' three years ago after we moved from London to the Oxford countryside. Here I chart our journey adjusting to our new lives, the challenges of being in the countryside & surviving parenthood.