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Peer Pressure Can Achieve Amazing Things In Early Childhood!

I’ve heard from a number of friends with children Ava’s age and older, that peer pressure can achieve amazing things when our children are so young.  I’ve seen this first hand since Ava has started school. When she see’s her friends doing something, even if it’s something she doesn’t like, she’ll join in anyway. Like eating for example, her eating has improved ten fold since starting school. Before starting school she flat out refused to eat banana’s, sandwiches, apples and water melon, but these are all foods including in their mid morning snacks and on seeing everyone else tucking in, Ava decided to do the same and has since learned to love these foods.

We’ve been doing Aquatots since she was 9 months old, so just more than a year now and she loves it. But the one thing she has refused point blank to do was put her face in the water. Aquatots philosophy is to not force a child under water because it automatically becomes a traumatic experience which defeats the ultimate goal of teach a child to have safe pool fun.

This weekend my sister-in-law & brother-in-law came over for a BBQ on Saturday. It was scorching hot here in Jozi, with temps in excess of 35 degrees and so of course we spent most of the day in the pool. Ava watched her 2 cousins, Tyrone and Tristan jumping off the side of the pool and going under water and within minutes she decided she’d do it too. No more qualms about putting her face in the water, if they were doing it then be sure she was going to as well and nothing was going to stop her. I did have mild heart failure the first time she did it as neither Walter or I were prepared for that and she just launched herself in unaided, went under and bobbed back to the surface thanks to her arm bands, with a HUGE smile plastered all over her face!

She has driven us crazy since then, its now ALL she wants to do, she must have done it 50 times on Saturday and woke up at 6am on Sunday morning and the first thing she told us was: “swimming”!

Here are two clips of my fearless monkey launching off the side of the pool, seriously I can see the benefit of Aquatots now when I compare her water safety and confidence to others her age who have not been exposed to early childhood swimming lessons.



  • zamom

    November 15, 2011 at 11:45 am

    I’m afraid I think it’s very much a personality thing and your Ava is an absolute little star (dare-devil). My Ava has been going to Aquatots since she was 6 months and still refuses to swim underwater. The other kids in her class are almost swimming a width across the pool and Zoe swims up and down underwater or whatever stroke she wants to. She is getting slightly (and I mean slightly) better since they’ve started swimming so much in our pool. She’s quite happy to play on the step but as soon as you try and get her to swim to you she wants to be holding on to you and keeps her head above water. She’ll happily do Humpty Dumpty and Old King Cole as long as she knows you’ll catch her and she won’t go under. So frustrating, I told the teacher that I’m very glad she’s not my first.
    PS. You won’t believe how often I think back to reading about your last m/c (crying with my little Ava on my lap) when I see these gorgeous photos and videos of your amazing daughter. It always makes my day!!

  • To Love Bella

    November 15, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    LOVE these clips!! how sweet – starting with that little squat, and the absolute proud delight on her precious little face! Too much!

    I couldn’t agree with you MORE! Isabella started to crawl for the first time in the company of other (albeit older) children.


  • marina1605

    November 15, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    I just love these Sharon. She’s getting so big and cuter by the day. I wish Claudio would swim like that! Gosh, we tried for about 4 months, but he absolutely hated swimming lessons. He loves being in the water, but just isn’t interested in doing what the instructor says. So, we stopped it as I felt that I could just as well do what we were doing in our own pool! Oh well, summer is upon us {only just in CT!} and hopefully he’ll get more confidence in the water now too. And I agree completely, peer pressure does work wonders at this age. Claudio starts school in Jan and although I’m stressing a bit about him eating, I know that he’ll be fine once he sees the other kids doing it. xx


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