Swimming, our key ingredient.
Writer – Rob MacFarlane
My wife and I recently hit a major milestone as parents. We now have all our children at the one school. We were informed by many parents this was something to celebrate. One drop off, one pick up, one set of uniforms, one school assembly…life’s good.
So has this shifted the way we look at juggling our family’s busy lives? In some ways this has. Take for example our swimming lessons. With fewer drop offs we have changed our swimming to morning lessons. The shift from afternoon has allowed the children greater access to other seasonal sports such as cricket.
With the upcoming rugby season, we can keep our swimming routine, due to the flexibility of mornings. It is important for our kids to keep this year round activity, as we feel it helps them stay physically active within their extra-curricular mix. Indoor swimming facilities makes this opportunity available, even in the cooler months. We feel it helps with building that discipline around consistency and regularity. This commitment in turn provides reward through the accompanying progress they feel in themselves.
Sure there will be times when we need to balance their weekly commitments by switching a lesson to an afternoon or early evening, or look at intensive lessons in the holiday periods. But for us, having that constant year-round activity mix is an important foundation in our children’s development. Swimming, with its greater schedule flexibility, has proved the best constant to build this mix around.