I have a swimmer. Out of G's class she is the only one coordinated enough to get the hands and feet moving at the same time. She can do the backstroke, otherwise known as the "shoo fly" even.
This is all just in time as she is getting to go to Grammie's for the afternoon and swim in her new pool. KBtoys had a sale and the total cost of the pool with ladder, pump and cover was reasonable and I got free shipping. This pool is the 36" above ground but is also 12' wide to give enough water to actually swim in. I bit the bullet yesterday and picked up a decent swimsuit that I won't look like such a fat cow in, maybe just a fat calf, heh.
Anyway, I gave her a kick board and my mom gave her a noodle as a prize. Tomorrow is graduation with a small party!! What fun!! Now if I can get her passionate about it, I may have a real competitive swimmer on my hands.
One irksome thing though: when mom picked her up at school her best friend, Meghan, said "oh G, you don't have to go to swim lessons, just stay here with me." And of course G wanted to stay with Meghan. Meghan can't put her face underwater nor can she jump off the side or the diving board. G can do all that. Mom got G away and said that Meghan just wanted G to stay a baby like her because she can't do all the things G can do. I want to ring Meghan's and her mom's neck.
For some strange reason, Meghan holds sway over G and I have got to figure out how to put a stop to it. They will be in the same grade unless one fails or is held back from now on. I can't hold G back just to prevent her being in class with Meghan though I am tempted. But I want G to excel and not do what Meghan does.
How do you get a 4 year old to stop listening to another 4 year old? Anyone know? This isn't the only deal with Meghan though. She also lords it over G that she is 2 months older and that she goes to the beach almost every weekend in the summer. It is frustrating attempting to parent around Meghan!!