Yesterday JJ and I had a morning to kill in the city while my car’s air conditioning was being fixed. On our way to the River Torrens to have a paddle in a boat we went via the Festival Centre.
They have a bunch of blocks that are perfect for climbing and jumping on.
JJ climbed up on them easily enough.
But then he needed my help to go from one to the other. I held his hand for a little while as he got more comfortable with the process.
Then he started doing it by himself – hesitating at first.
Then he got quite comfortable and more confident and went on the slightly higher blocks and got much faster going from block to block. As a mum, I put my visions of seeing him fall inbetween the blocks and banging his head and having to accompany him to hospital in the ambulance aside, and let him go for it.
That’s my boy, getting more self-confidence all round. Can’t remember if I mentioned that he got put up a level in his swimming classes this summer. He initially didn’t want to go up a level, and no amount of persuading on my part made a difference. He had to make up his own mind to do it and in his own time. He went up the level and did very well, except for the infection he’s now got in his ear!
Kids are like that aren’t they? We’ve had our two nieces on Kangaroo Island for a few days: The 10yo did swimming lessons on Emu-Bay beach. Too often she followed her friends when we knew she could swim stronger and faster than them! We hope she’ll push herself next year, but won’t push her. Well, not too much!
They suddenly grow up overnight.
Well done JJ on his swimming 🙂
Farmers Wife says
Yes we have to learn to let go and let them find their own way – as hard as it is for us mums.
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