How can I help my child overcome the fear of swimming?
What can I do to help my child have less anxiety at the pool?
As parents, we never want to force our children into stressful situations. Because learning how to swim is such an important life skill, we want to approach it with the least amount of stress possible -- for both kids AND parents. The questions above are commonly asked by parents when introducing children to swim lessons. Here are some ideas that can help in the early stages:
Don't push the limit. Let your child become comfortable in the water and ease into learning new skills. The goal is to make them enjoy the water -- not be afraid of it or feel like a daunting task they will never complete. Listen to their reactions and ask your instructor for specific tips.
Celebrate the little milestones. Milestones can be anything from putting their feet in the water to blowing bubbles. Any fear that they overcome is a big deal. Showing your excitement for them will help encourage them to move