I have to say it's been a long venture getting my kiddos to put their faces in the water to swim. All until, this summer when a tiny packet of M&M's made their way into my swim bag. I don't know how it happened or when they made their way there, but when I reached to get a pool toy, a packet of M&M's popped out. HUMMM. I looked at my kids, I looked at my candy, "Can M&M's help with swimming lessons or was that just for potty training?" I was determined to find out. I called out to my kiddo, "hey, I will give you an M&M, if you can swim to the other side without touching?" Mind you he was standing in 3 feet deep water without floaties content to just walk around. "What?!?", was the excited reply from the one who fought swimming on his own. He leaped up, and off he went flailing his arms one after another, jumping on one foot to the next. Giving him an M&M for his effort, I pushed for a little more efficiency. "Let's see how far you can go without touching your feet to the bottom this time," I said shocked at his enthusiasm? He bounded up again, with all his strength, kicked his feet and reached his arm strokes and made it half way. Another, rewarded M&M entered his mouth. (I guess I should have stopped giving his candy once the red coloring was coming down his face and a bit into the water, but I was so excited at the progress that we kept on going) "Can you try to do it all the way?" I asked again. "You bet," and off he went. Soon, the others were trying to get in on the fun. Soon all their faces were happily colored with rainbow coloring and I was colored with joy that my kiddos, conquered their fear and swam, swam, swam. So leave it to those little Dulce's of Love, M&M's: my swim coach.
To Encourage Mom's to keep going. You can do it!!!