Thursday, February 02, 2012

Swimming at the Y

Both kids are in swimming classes right now. Lilli has classes Wednesday night from 6:00-6:30, and Caden has them Sunday from 3:00-3:30. Lilli seems to like class. It really just consists of me holding her in the water, flipping her from her front to back, blowing bubbles... you know, the normal baby swimming class things. Caden, on the other hand, has graduated to the class where he is now in the water without us. He is NOT a fan...

Here are some pics and a video from his first class:

Here he is getting a pep talk from Dada about getting into the water with the teacher.

 At this point he doesn't look like he's hating it too much.

 Obviously starting to NOT like it.

That was the last time he successfully participated in class. The second time he threw such a temper tantrum about not wanting to be there that Ryan finally brought him home. It's not that he doesn't like water...he does. He loves going swimming while Lilli is in class. While I am in the water with Lilli, Ryan plays with Caden on the other side of the pool. He just doesn't seem to like being in the deep water with the instructor. We don't know if it's a trust issue, but the kid doesn't like it. Last week he didn't go to class since he has an ear infection. I'm not too sure about this Sunday. I know he isn't going to like it, but do we just keep taking him and trying to get him to go in the water? Again, the water isn't the issue, it's the class. Ryan thinks we should just try one more time. He doesn't really think the classes do anything any way.

I don't know what we should do. I see what Ryan is saying. He thinks it is just more important that we keep taking the kids to the pool with us to swim, not necessarily in a class. Ryan thinks he could teach them better than an instructor. He said he remembers doing the swimming units in school, and most of the kids who couldn't swim, mentioned being in swimming class when they were younger. It would save money to not have them in the classes. Do we instead pick one or two nights a week to take them swimming for fun? Decision...decisions...


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