If you were to look in my living room right now, you’d see a lot of fun being had. Our oldest is curled up on our asparagus green couch, shirtless in his GAP 1969 sleeping shorts, holding a book entitled Radical Sports: Karting by Graham Smith. The younger two (ages 5 and 2.5) are engaged in constructing various forms of doghouses out of their Lego Duplo blocks. It’s been this way pretty much all morning. Kids hopping from one activity– yep. Oldest moved on to a book about military planes.
In January, my husband and I set some loose goals that we wanted for our children. Swimming and water safety knowledge made the list. The CDC states: “Formal swim lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by 88% in children ages 1-4.” Does that mean one should infer that swim lessons beyond the age of four are useless? No. It means that there isn’t enough consistent data among the age range to create a statistic.
Swimming is a survival skill as well as a life skill. Knowing what to do when you unexpectedly fall into water, as well as how to make a fun hobby out of it is something that they will carry with them through to the end of their lives. If that isn’t reason enough to get excited about the progress they’ve made, I don’t know what is.