Knowing how to swim though, for me, is not optional. Not that I care if my sons are the next Micheal Phelps, but I do want them to be safe and confidant in the water. If my kids ever fall in the pool, I want them to know how to roll over and float or how to swim out. There are too many cases of kids drowning that could have been prevented if kids had some basic water skills.
Last night, I was telling T-Man that swimming lessons were starting today and that he would probably have to go under water.
Then, I remembered that the Dairy Store on East Campus is mecca to T-Man. So, using the fabulous parenting skill of motivation (aka "bribery") I told him if he was well-behaved and didn't throw a fit and did what his teacher asked him, we would get ice cream at the Dairy Store afterwards.
T-Man's line: "I'm so excited for swimming lessons! How many more minutes before we go?"
So today, he did fabulous and earned his ice cream. I'm happy that he did well but I'm afraid I'm not willing to go get ice cream EVERY time after swimming lessons, so I'm sure the drama will continue.
Maybe when we're done with these lessons, we'll do child acting next.