Dad Days of Summer: While Momania’s Theresa Walsh Giarrusso takes a vacation, local dad and sportswriter Andy Johnston will be filling in. You can e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I was beginning to think Ty would never learn to swim, mostly because I spent the past two summers trying to teach him.
This year, I delegated that responsibility to someone else.
And guess what?
Ty can swim.
It’s not always pretty.
He doesn’t kick real well, which makes it look like he’s swimming with a big bag of quarters tied to his waist, but he’s improving and he’s more confident in the water.
He jumps off the side of the pool, dives to get toys off the bottom, wants me to throw him up so he’ll land in the water and he can already swim the width of our neighborhood pool.
All that might not seem like much, but is quite an accomplishment considering where he was two months ago. Theresa wrote about swim lessons last month, so thanks for indulging a proud dad.
Like a lot of dads, I think I can teach Ty what he needs to know to be a successful boy in today’s world.
Hit, throw and catch.
Listen to his mother (we’re both still working on that).
Grill steaks. :)
And many other things.
I’ve succeeded in some areas and he’s progressing in others, but I needed help when it came to swimming.
Group lessons at the Y didn’t do much good, so we followed the suggestion of some friends around the neighborhood and sought the help of Sarah, a college girl who lives down the street.
With a sweet voice and persistent personality, she gained his confidence, helped him trust himself in the water and quickly turned him into Aquaman.
Seriously, we can’t keep the kid out of water.
If he’s not in the pool, he wants to play in the sprinklers. If not that, he wants to spend time in the bath or shower.
Now, I have to find somebody to teach him to ride his bike.
Were you able to teach them how to swim, ride their bike, etc.? Or did you need help?
Was there a breakthrough moment for your kids when it came to swimming or some other part of growing up to master?
Do you have tips for the parents whose kids haven’t learned to swim?
- By Andy Johnston, for the Momania blog