Like many parents my calendar is awash in ink from scheduling activities and play dates for my children. Why do we do it? Because in a lot of areas just letting them out the front door is not the option it was for our parents. Because we want our kids to develop socially, emotionally and physically. Because we hope our child will find the sport or activity that lets them shine and feel good about themselves.
As parents it’s easy to have our child’s activities dictated by peers, by scheduling, and by personal preference. But there is one activity that should be non-negotiable: swimming lessons. Starting very young. Before you roll your eyes, let me give you some cold, hard, academic facts.
1. Swimming makes you smarter. http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-national/does-swimming-make-you-smarter-20101102-17bgh.html
2. Teaching young children to swim actually makes them more physically coordinated as they mature. (Citation: Sigmundsson, H. and B. Hopkins. 2010. Baby swimming: exploring the effects of early intervention on subsequent motor abilities, Child: Care Health and Development. 36:3, 428-430. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2214.2009)
3. Swimmers live longer. http://www.active.com/swimming/Articles/Swimmers_live_longer__study_says.htm
Wet hair, driving to the pool, and the smell of chlorine just got a whole lot more appealing, didn’t it!