But lessons alone aren't enough.
Beaches and pools are a lot of fun, but the risks are scary.
With summer just around the corner, you’ve probably already started thinking about enrolling your kids in swimming lessons
We've all been there. Sitting in front of the computer screen, waiting anxiously for the clock to strike the hour. It's like the wild, wild west...only the quickest draws will survive. Who knew that registering for poxy swimming lessons could be so effing stressful? Mark your calendars, Vancouver: online registration begins Nov. 26th at 9 a.m.
Parenting is tiring, and fighting your kids' natural tendencies can be exhausting. Growth and change hurt, and there's risk of lasting resentment or shut down if you push kids too hard. But learning and greatness only come with tolerance for pain, and fear, and as parents we need to use the experience our kids don't have to help them push their limits. It's our job.
I didn't learn to swim until more than 10 years after the day I almost drowned. You'd think I would have signed up for swimming lessons as soon as I made it to dry land, but I always had an excuse. Until my doctor strongly advised me to stop running and take up swimming.