Turning Dominic into a Duckling - December
Since my last update our aquatic experiences have been a bit restricted. Lesson attendance has been waylaid by a combination of illness, bad weather and cancellations. On the positive side though, we have been given free family swims to make up for it. What a great idea! We will definitely be using these.
Dominic’s interest in swimming however has not waned! Every bath time the boys fight for who stays in the longest. This then means the one left in the tub can practise their swimming ‘technique’. With Elliot this usually means making as much noise as possible whilst attempting to get all the bath water onto the lino.
Every bath time the boys fight for who stays in the longest. This then means the one left in the tub can practise their swimming ‘technique’.
But Dominic is a little more restrained and does actually lie on his front, kick his legs and wiggle his arms while shouting “I swimming, Mummy!” He then flips onto his back and announces he is being a star. He tips his head right back and doesn’t mind the water getting in his ears or eyes. He loves this so much I usually have to force him out because the water is going cold!
We have been trying out the tips recommended by web visitor Julie Read as a result of my November blog. To get our first Duckling badge, Dominic just needs to be happy lying on his back. One of Julie’s ideas was to lie his head on my shoulder and whizz him round the pool like a spaceman. He loved this! I combined it with singing that popular classic ‘two little men in a flying saucer, flew round the earth one day’. Much giggling ensued and it definitely helped his confidence in being on his back. Thanks Julie!
She also suggested that it would help to show him how he can stand up on his own from lying on his back. This is another one we have also been practising in the bath with some success. He is not so confident in the pool with this one. Once it looks like I might let go he starts to panic, even though we are in the ‘beach’ area of the pool which is very shallow. We will keep trying though, keep those tips coming!