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Raising Water-Confident Kids

Don’t pressure kids

Don’t pressure or trick your kids into skills they’re not ready for. Praise their baby steps and trust they will progress when the time is right. If your child is fearful or timid, try a swimsuit with a built-in flotation device* for extra fun and buoyancy. She’ll move beyond it when she’s ready, says Erickson.

*Note on flotation aids: Avoid water wings because they move the center of buoyancy to the arms, and noodles can slip out from under a child. Never leave your child unattended even with a flotation aid.

Once your child is confident with pool play, he’s ready to try lessons. For any child, but especially the reluctant child, Erickson offers the following suggestions for a successful experience.

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