Chloe started swimming lessons. I meant to enroll her last summer, but we just never seemed to get around to it.
She's had three lessons and she HATES it. She likes the water. She hates the lessons. It's safe to say that my child has a mind of her own. She will not be bothered with another's agenda.
When we start the lesson, she is eager to get in the water and she greets the teacher happily. The teacher tells the children to "Say good morning to the fish" and we all put our faces in the water and blow bubbles. This is the moment when Chloe begins her fit. She cries from that exact moment until we leave 30 minutes later. She's not even putting her face in the water. She's mad because I'm putting MY face in the water.
We plan on pushing through these temper tantrums and continuing swimming lessons until she starts to enjoy them. I don't want to force her to do something she doesn't like, but I believe she is secretly enjoying it. As soon as we get home, she tells me all about the lesson. "Kick, kick, kick. Say fishes. JUMP!" I think it will be good for her to learn that we don't always get to do what we want. She doesn't have any real structure other than our home routine because she doesn't attend preschool yet. She needs to start learning to listen and follow instructions.
In the meantime, swimming lessons sure wear this mom and her eardrums out. At least she looks cute in her swimsuit?