Sunday, April 25, 2010

Not meant to be

On Saturday morning, we took the kids to swimming lessons and for the third straight week, Mallory refused to get into the pool. She sat on the sidelines the entire time. She would inch forward and dip her toes into the water when the instructor was busy with one of the other kids, but as soon as it looked like the instructor might be coming for her, Mallory scooted back up to the wall, sitting as far away from her as possible.

So I inquired at the desk about getting a refund. That's four lessons down out of eight, and for three weeks straight, she has refused to get into the water. We are beating a dead horse and it's time to stop. I need to talk to the aquatics director this week to find out if they'll approve the refund... here's hoping. (Thank goodness we signed her up for lessons only rather than buying her a membership, as we did with Liam. That would be tougher to wrangle our way out of.)

I am not worried at all about her learning how to swim. Yesterday was a rainy day so we went for another swim at GG's, and Mallory paddled around on her own (in a life jacket) for 45 minutes and then cried when we told her to get out of the pool. I figure she'll get plenty of swimming experience this summer, and then we can try her again when the weekly lessons resume in September.

I am, however, worried about what this implies for our future. If she is this stubborn now, how does that bode for her as a teenager?


Ainsley said...

Not that this will make you feel any better... but I did the same thing one year for my swim lessons. Our mom wouldn't let us go to the cottage without taking them, and on the last day of lessons the instructor told me I couldn't get my badge if I couldn't show her I could do the criteria. Well, I hopped in the pool, did everything I had to, and jumped out as fast as I could. I got my badge. True story... some kids are just stubborn like that. ;o)

Anonymous said...

stubborn is good...helps them stand up to peer pressure when they are older