So this morning, it took more than half an hour of wheedling, cajoling, bribing and finally threatening to return her brand-new Peppa Pig study table to Toy Kingdom before I finally got my hard-headed daughter our of bed for her swimming lessons. Because yeah, despite initially enjoying it, she now doesn’t want to because her coach’s instruction is to remove her arm floaters and swim. And since she’s a bit traumatized by the last time she jumped to the pool without her arm floaters, she really really did not want to follow her coach’s instruction. Hence, her not wanting to attend her swimming lessons at all.
But being the hard-headed Mommy that I am (sorry kid, hindi ka uubra, this is the original speaking), I wouldn’t take no for an answer. Especially since I know that getting over her fear would be the more beneficial thing in the long run, as opposed to keeping her within her comfort zone today.
And I was right. Of course. As per my father’s report, she was actually able to swim without her floaters–and quite fast too. And I couldn’t be more proud. Which is why I’m taking half the day off from work tomorrow just to watch her swim. But I think I’m bringing my rashguard and shorts too.. 😉
From the moment your children are born, you worry what the world might do to them. But you never stop to think what you might do to them… that we could be our own worst enemy.
Moira Queen, Arrow (S02E19)
I started joining fun runs at the ripe age of 29 and my first event was a mere 3k non-competitive run. And here is my daughter, all of 4 years and 8 months, already finished with her first fun run last Saturday–and a 5k run at that. And the icing on cake would have to be her being awarded as the event’s Youngest Runner! #proudMommy moment right there. 😀
I’d like to believe that by starting her young on sports, she’d grow up better, a more well-rounded person. After all, sports do not enhance only the physical, but the mental and emotional as well. And hopefully, instill in her some much-needed discipline as well.
This summer, Francine is enrolled at the local Milo Summer Sports Clinic swimming program. April 4 was her first day and I must say she really enjoyed it. In fact, I think she enjoyed it just a bit too much and exhausted her coach with her boundless energy and enthusiasm (“Ja-jump ulit ako! Isa pa!”) 😛