Swimming allows babies to move independently
much sooner than they are able to on dry land.
Imagine the boost of confidence and self esteem that
movement through the water brings your child as
she explores her new, watery environment. Every time
you catch your child after a jump or a short swim,
she learns trust. When you praise her for each small
achievement on the way to mastering a skill, you
build her self-esteem. Babies faces glow after they
successfully accomplish a task they look for approval
and validation, and parental acknowledgement of their
efforts fosters their personal self acceptance and pride.
Swimming can be very empowering for babies, since it
offers them a new sense of freedom. Kids beach parties.
Where else but in the water can you commune faceto-face, skin-to-skin with your baby for extended periods of time in a warm and inviting natural element?
Teaching your baby to swim increases your bond with
her as you play together and move in unison, and as
you exercise patience, encouragement, and kindness
toward her. You will learn about her growing
personality, sense of humor, and how she approaches
new situations. As you teach her, you will become
aware of her learning style and her changing needs
and abilities. This knowledge will not only aid successful
baby swimming but will also help you establish positive
parenting methods that you can use outside the pool.
Some parents and swimming programs see water as the
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dealt with. These drownproofing or survival swimming
programs often rely on aggressive methods, such as
forced back floating. Skills are goal oriented and must be
acquired rapidly by the baby in order for her to save
herself if she enters the water unexpectedly. A parent is
generally not present in the water during the lessons in
case the child relies on her parent to help her.
These aggressive methods are in complete opposition
to the child centered approach, which is based on love
of the child, love of water, and love of learning. We
believe that this positive focus, and the fun it fosters,
leads to much more successful learning than a fearful
environment can produce. Water is seen as a wonderful
medium for growth and development, and the parent is
always in the water, bonding with his or her child,
facilitating learning, and assisting with the gradual
acquisition of skills.
This means that the parent knows
exactly what their child can and cannot do in the water,
how long she can hold her breath, and how competent
a swimmer she is. The parent also recognizes their own
responsibility to safeguard their baby and to implement
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