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post #21 of 23
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Originally Posted by ZFooFoo View Post
My ds has been swimming since he was an infant. We taught him ourselves at home without any fear or tears, it was always a happy game and we took our cues from him. The upside is that by about 16 months he had a good chance of saving himself if he fell in and was within 10 feet of the edge of the pool, the downside is that he has no fear. Though he knows the appropriate time/place/clothing/Mama is watching..etc... for swimming and respects those rules 99% of the time, he still has the impulse control of a toddler and therefore must be watched at all times. He probably could have been even better sooner, but we were not interested in forcing him. We haven't been swimming in a few months due to cold weather, but at the end of last summer he was about 25 months old and could easily jump/dive/slide in, swim the length of the pool, dive for objects under the water, etc.
My kids learned to swim early also, but I do not understand the downside part. Then again, we do not have a body of water in our backyard.
post #22 of 23
I saw a lengthy video about this method, and it made me feel ill. Actually, I think I cried, and that wasn't even from watching my child being thrown in the water. Because I would never let that happen.

I refuse to do things like that out of fear. There are much better, less harmful ways to be cautious and prepared. There's just something awfully backwards about it.
post #23 of 23
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Originally Posted by pigpokey View Post
My kids learned to swim early also, but I do not understand the downside part. Then again, we do not have a body of water in our backyard.
The downside was just that ds would go into the water at the least whim. So when he was younger he just seemed to think that he could jump in at any time. My understanding is that most young children fall in while reaching for something, they reach too far over the edge and lose their balance. My ds would just jump right in, fully clothed, because he felt like swimming. Or he would be 'helping' dh clean the pool deck and within 2 seconds he was down the steps and under the water trying to scrub a spot he saw. This wasn't an issue because we were always with him watching him like a hawk, but our pool fence at the time was oddly configured and did not separate the pool from the yard. Any time we were out in the yard the pool was a constant concern. Now at 2.5 he understands the rules of when he can go swimming, but at 16 months - not so much.
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