Understanding your kids’ bodies and how they experience the water is one thing. How do you put that knowledge to use? Here are three critical ways to use your awareness of your child’s body and sensory experience to fulfill his physical needs.
3 Critical Ways to Use Your Awareness of Your Kids’ Bodies When You’re Teaching Them to Swim
Be on the Lookout for Physical Discomfort
Physical discomfort can crop up quickly. Remember that your child’s body composition makes him more susceptible to cold. He’ll be less likely to pace himself and may suddenly be very tired. Watch for signs that he’s hungry, thirsty, or has an upset stomach from swallowing water or air. Give him frequent opportunities to burp if he needs to. Be aware of possible discomfort in his ears, and be sure to dry them thoroughly when he gets out of the water.
Deal with Hunger after Swimming
If you haven’t already, read the post on why swimming makes you hungry and how to deal with it.
Give Your Child Plenty of Recovery Time
It’s important for your child’s body and mind. Make sure your child gets rest—whether he wants it or not—after a strenuous session in the pool.