As children navigate their way through the new school year it can be hard to introduce extracurricular activities into your child’s weekly routine.
Swimming is a vital life-saving skill and lessons are also fun and extremely beneficial to your child’s development. Here are five tips to help you balance school and swimming lessons:
Consider Your Child’s Weekly Schedule: Take a close look at your child’s weekly routine, including school, extracurricular activities, and any other commitments. Choose a day for swimming lessons that do not clash with their most demanding or exhausting activities. Avoid scheduling lessons on days when they are tired or have conflicting obligations.
Create a Consistent Schedule: Consistency is key when introducing any new activity into a child’s routine. Select a specific day and time each week for swimming lessons that work for both you and your child. Make it as easy as possible for yourself to attend every single week.
Assess Your Child’s Energy Levels: Every child has different energy patterns. Some may be more energetic and focused in the morning, while others may do better in the afternoon or early evening. Consider your child’s energy levels and choose a time slot that aligns with when they tend to be most alert and enthusiastic.
Make It Fun and Positive: Approach swimming lessons with a positive attitude and encourage your child to do the same. Emphasise the fun aspects of swimming, such as playing games in the water or practising new skills. Praise their efforts and progress, and be patient if they encounter challenges. You can reinforce their progress and be sure to track it on your online account.
Stay Involved and Supportive: Attend the swimming lessons with your child, if possible, to show your support and involvement. You can watch from the comfort of our viewing lounges and your swimmers can see you supporting them. This can also be a bonding experience for both of you. After lessons, discuss what your child learned and any improvements they made, reinforcing their achievements.
Remember that every child is unique, and their readiness and enthusiasm for swimming may vary. Be patient and flexible, and adjust the routine as needed to ensure that swimming lessons become an enjoyable and beneficial part of your child’s weekly schedule.