#youmightbeanautismparentif Your Child Still Has To Wear Floaties in the Pool at 8yrs old.
I have tried many times to try and teach Little Man the basics of dog paddling so he could hold himself up without swimming aides. I did not want something he enjoyed so much to become a war so I just let him have his floaties. I wish that I would have put him in swim lessons when he was 4 but I thought he would eventually catch on. Well now I have an 8 year old that is still reliant on his floaties and his movements are too slow to hold him up even without the floaties. Now I need to play mean Mommy and push him out of his comfort zone and into the pool, so to speak (I would NEVER push him into the pool!). Starting next week I am going to take him swimming and we will be leaving the floaties at home so he can become comfortable in the water without swimming aides. I will also be enrolling him in swim lessons on the 15th and hopefully by the end of summer we will have a fully Aquatic Little Man.