Friday, August 5, 2011

Swim Lesson Drama

Grady had his first day of swim lessons (this summer) today. We tried when he was a little over a year old just to get him introduced to it and he HATED IT. Guess what... he still HATES IT. Sometimes I can't help but laugh at him when he's in the middle of swim lesson hysterics. I can obviously tell that he is a little scared but the rest of his fit is just pure outrage on his part. You can totally tell that he is soo MAD that he is being made to do something that he just doesn't want to do.

** Let me stop here for a moment and head off any hater comments that I'm bound to receive about poor parenting for stressing out my child. Do not leave me any. The hubby and I firmly believe that no matter how scared Grady (or any of our other kids are) is to swim he must know what to do in case he ever fell in on accident. And as my oldest son Graham put today "He just has to work past his fear Momma". **

Graham, Grady and Mrs. Nancy

So pretty much Grady shrieked and cried and had a 30 minute hissy fit until he was able to get out of the pool and get his cookie for getting through his lesson.

I just love it that Mrs. Nancy does private 30 minute lessons for the little kids. Graham gets the bigger class and 1 hour lessons. Mrs. Nancy was also a sweet heart and let Graham get in to swim as well. She told him that he was going to be her special helper with Grady today so that he wouldn't get soo scared. Ha!

Grady usually loves to "swim" in other peoples pools. He was just soo mad this time that he couldn't just play in the smaller pool that she has (which can kinda be viewed in the background of the above photo). Towards the end of the lesson she let Grady get back into the small pool to work on blowing bubbles and kicking. He was still one ticked off little boy.

Grady got to practice his kicking while getting a piggy back ride on Mrs. Nancy.

Some fun things Grady managed to say in between fits were :

"You get out of the pool NOW! " - said none too politely to Mrs. Nancy...

"I want to get out and get my towel and dry my hair." - he has never once given a darn about dry hair...

I can not wait to take him back next Tuesday for his next lesson. Should be fun!!


KERRY said...

I can just imagine how much you wouldn't have been in his good books when he finally got out lol
Did you get an evil look?
It's an important life skill, good for you for sticking at it!! (sorry you never won my giveaway - there will be another one at some point) xo

The Anglin Family said...

Haha you're such an awful mom!!!
I'm the same way..its kinda funny the way you tell it. Geez, I wish I was in the pool!! Kids are so funny. He will recover:)

The Mama said...

I agree, good for you for sticking to it. I think all kids need to learn how to swim, it's such an important thing to know if they ever were to fall in. One day he will thank you...maybe. But at least he will know how to swim! :)

ccc said...

Ha ha, sounds like you had a fun day :)

Tara said...

This gave me a good chuckle for the morning. Poor kiddo, he does need to know. Necessary evil!

Melanie Mueller said...

Poor Grady! Well, this is a life skill worth torturing him for. Hope the next two go better! =)

New Year Mum said...

Dearest Hillary... I'm so sorry that i'm so far behind with all your news :( Good on you for persisting... he'll thank you in the long run :) Thinking of you and your bub :)) xoxo

The Great Elephant Symposium said...

Hahaha!! Grady is so adorable!! I agree 100%. Kiddos have to know how to swim. It's a necessity for me. Poor kiddo :( I hope he enjoys Tuesday a bit more :)

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