We are about to take off for our much-anticipated vacation to the Bahamas this weekend. Every time we are headed to the beach, Erik and I have the same conversation. Erik thinks Kellan should be swimming sooner rather than later, but I think we could turn him off to learning if we push the issue.
Kellan has had two sessions of swimming lessons so far. While he loves splashing around in the water, he's not that crazy about getting his head wet. This is no surprise since he just recently stopped yelling while I washed his hair in the bathtub.
Erik is worried that the later Kellan learns to swim, the harder it will be for him to get over his timidness. I think there's nothing wrong with being cautious and he will be ready in his own time.
The American Academy of Pediatrics sees no harm in preschoolers taking swimming lessons, but recommends children be at least four years old. Another important thing for parents to remember is that even if your children learn to swim at an early age, it's still vital that parents pay close attention while your kids are in the water.
What do you think about swim lessons for preschoolers or even toddlers?