dad and baby swimmingYesterday we went for a dip in a private indoor pool (because we live in Tasmania and you would not go swimming otherwise at this time of year). The water was so warm and the air so cold, at one point I had flashbacks to a scene from Gorillas in the Mist as The Bloke in The Shed approached me in the water amid a sea of fog.

Ella loves the water. However, she’s had a real fear around learning to swim. Yesterday she was wearing her Wahu life jacket and gaining more confidence as the hour went on. After a year of trying to build her confidence to let go of us, she did. Her legs looked like a frog kicking and her fast-paddling hands were akin to a dog who’d just witnessed steak being put on the barbie onshore. But she was loving it. And we were beaming.

Holly, at just 20 months of age, didn’t want to be left out. So, without a floatation device, she tried her best to swim away from our grasp and go alone. She ended up drinking about 15 litres of water. Her nappy later proved that.

When we got home, I told Ella how proud I was of her for having a go. She responded with: “Thanks for being proud of me, Mum. I’m proud of you too’’. I’m still wondering exactly what it is she’s proud of me for.

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6 Responses to Aussie Giveaway Linkup #52: A swimmingly good edition

  1. Misha says:

    Oh that is a wonderful win! Not just because learning to swim is important, but because it is just so encouraging to see your child’s confidence develop so beautifully!
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  2. That is fantastic Kel! Eldest Mini Me loves the pool but is still scared of putting her head under at swimming but every week it is a little bit better and there are less tears. Way to go Ella!

  3. Rebekah says:

    Kel, I love this post. It was such a good reminder that our kids will learn important things in their own time… as long as we love and champion them with patience and hope. You’re a great mumma!
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    • Kel says:

      Thanks so much, Rebekah. That means a lot. You’re spot on too. There really is no point pushing them. They will achieve what they have to in their own time. 🙂

  4. Swimming gives them so much confidence – it’s a joy to watch them progress. We haven’t been going to regular lessons for a while now, and I’m not encouraged to get back in the water this winter, heated or not!

    I had a win today – although by default. I’m through to the next stage of the Gourmet Garden Blog Off/Cook Off competition in Noosa next year. Wahoo!
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