Dominic the Duckling - February
Welcome to my monthly blog as the parent of a feisty two-year-old and read our adventures as he enthusiastically embarks on his learn to swim journey.
This month - great news! Hold the front page! Dominic has achieved his first Duckling badge. He finally managed to traverse across the pool on his back which was his final hurdle. Well done Dominic! He was so proud to receive his ASA certificate and badge.
He is now in the last age group before they get to go in on their own and is thoroughly enjoying it. We are getting to know the other children and parents in the group and he looks forward to seeing them every week, excitedly chatting in the car about them on the way there. The continuity of seeing the same people every week and of course the same swimming teacher is definitely helping his confidence levels. I feel I can discuss any issues with the teacher and I hope the other parents feel the same. That’s so important.
This month - great news! Hold the front page! Dominic has achieved his first Duckling badge!
We are now working on our next badge. He loves jumping in from the side now and has even started doing running jumps so I sometimes have to calm him down a bit! The little dolphin slide as well is very popular. He loves coming down head first and also on his tummy. The main achievement here being the immersion which he doesn’t mind at all. His Dad took him on the big flume at the weekend – not quite so keen on this one! It really made his week though - he was very proud to show off his new skills to Daddy. Dedicating this time just for him is so important and really helps his development.
Talking of parents going swimming, I find myself thinking ahead to when Dom is in the water on his own, and the best way of spending that half hour I have to myself. Would I feel guilty about not watching his every move from poolside? Would it be selfish to want to go swimming myself and get a bit of exercise? After all, just 20 mins of steady swimming can burn off loads of calories! (Check out this cool calorie cruncher to work it out!) When his elder brother moved up to this type of lesson, I didn't have the option as Dominic was just a baby, but this time round I could use the time he is in his lesson as time for myself! Would be interested in hearing your views - what do you do with your golden half hour?