Reading their posts was especially interesting to me because I struggled with anger issues for years. I was also fascinated by a common thread.
Each of the writers expressed the importance of keeping anger at a distance. Anger is usually destructive, so the posts encouraged the reader to avoid it at all costs.
Maybe I misunderstood those points, but I struggled with trying to avoid getting angry for YEARS, and it just didn’t work. Trying to NOT get angry was impossible. I failed at it EVERY time I tried. Then, I felt like I was a failure.
Fast forward 2 or 3 years……I have worked on my anger issues with success!!
The first thing that I did was to recognize that anger is a real emotion. I was created with emotions of all kinds, including anger, and I would feel them throughout my life.
Instead, I learned how to handle my anger.
I am using what I’ve learned in a presentation next week at a local women’s conference.
It is NOT difficult to break anger issues, if we understand that there are times that we will get angry.
I’d love to read your thoughts!
One of my biggest regrets is not knowing how to swim. When I was five years old I was tossed around by some angry waves in the Atlantic Ocean. I decided that I would never try to swim in the ocean again. Unfortunately, my fear grew to every body of water.
I decided that my children would learn to swim when they were very young. Each of them were enrolled in swimming lessons when they were 4 -5 years old. By the end of 2 sets of 6 week sessions, they could swim confidently and well. They took additional lessons to learn individual strokes and diving techniques.
I found that the fall and winter months were perfect seasons for me to take them for lessons. As odd as it sounds, indoor lessons in the cold weather was a fit for our family.
When I was asked by Kaitlin Gardner if she could write a guest post about teaching young children to swim, I excitedly said YES!
Thank you Kaitlin Gardner from An Apple Per Day for the post!
Signing Your Child Up For Swim Lessons
The water can be a special and joyful place for the kids. We all remember splashing around the pool when we were young, and we want to invite our children into that same experience. But there are inherent risks when around the water, so safety is a concern – which brings up a discussion of swim lessons.
What is the right age? It is generally accepted that a child has fundamentally developed enough by the age of 3 or 4 to begin formal lessons. By that age, a child will be able to learn the movements of swimming, pay attention and retain information given in a lesson. Before then a parent can introduce a child to the joys of the water in the bathtub. A parent can also show a child the fun of splashing while being held in a pool. But there is a solid basis for formal swimming lessons. Here are some resources with more information:
The risks of water. There are many ways a child can get into trouble in the water. A moment’s inattention can allow a child time to fall in the water, and quickly be in trouble. Drowning is one of the biggest causes of death for children in the US. This is a pretty stark fact, but clearly emphasizes the issue. The Center For Disease Control states that formal swimming lessons for young children can reduce the risk of drowning by up to 88 percent. Giving a child lessons can provide them with a skill that could save their life.
Mom or an instructor? One option is to have the parents give a child swim lessons. But good intentions can’t replace the knowledge necessary to provide a child with the proper tools to swim safely and effectively. As well, sometimes children won’t pay attention to Mom and Dad – just think what it’s like around time to clean their rooms. While a child’s attention may still stray with an instructor, there’s a better chance that the child will be kept attentive long enough to learn what they need. Swim instructors are accustomed to working with a large number of unruly kids, and they have an authority that can get even the most rambunctious child to pay attention.
Lessons in winter? What do kids want to do at the pool in the summer? They want to play with their friends. When the kids go back to school, they get into learning mode, and being around teachers. So swim lessons during the fall or winter make a lot of sense. The kids will be more accustomed to following directions and learning new things.
Just one part of safety. When you have a home pool and want to keep your kids safe, safety becomes a layering project. You put a fence with a locking gate around the pool, alarms on the water and on access points. It just makes sense that in addition to putting those layers of protection around the pool, that your child is equipped for safety by knowing how to swim.
A lifetime skill. Have you ever gone to a party at a neighbor’s pool and seen one child sitting off to the side while the others play in the water? Likely, that child doesn’t know how to swim. When your child learns to swim, they will use that skill many times over the course of their life. From trips to the beach, to pool parties, to lake vacations, knowing how to swim will prove handy on many occasions.
When you see your child swimming at the community pool with his friends, you can smile, knowing you have equipped him well for a lifetime of enjoying the water.
Kaitlin Gardner started An Apple Per Day to explore her passion for a green living lifestyle, and healthy family living. She and her husband have just moved to rural Pennsylvania, where they enjoy exploring the countryside to discover interesting and out of the way places. She is also learning how to paint watercolors.
I’d love to read about your experiences with teaching your children to swim!
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