There are a lot of things that you might choose to teach your kids at an early age. You might, for example, really want to get them learning a second language as quickly as possible, not least of all because this apparently makes it easier for them to learn other languages down the line.
Or, maybe you’d like to get them playing an instrument, or help them to explore their artistic side through pottery, painting, and assorted arts and crafts.
One thing that you really should consider teaching your kids at the earliest possible age, however, is swimming. Despite what you might think, it’s virtually never too early to start, and baby swimming lessons are quite accessible and popular.
So, why should you go to the trouble of teaching your kids to swim at such an early age? Here are a few reasons.
- For their own safety
If your child falls into water at an early age, they are in real danger, and knowing how to swim may well save their lives.
Of course, a baby isn’t going to be able to swim itself to safety if such an event occurs, but a child around five or six may well do.
Teaching your kids to swim at the earliest possible age helps to reduce their fear of the water, and familiarise them with the right way to behave if they do end up in a pool. The sooner this lesson can be developed, the sooner they will be able to swim effectively and instinctively, if they need to.
- To teach them a useful life skill when it’s still easy for them
Generally speaking, adults who do not yet know how to swim, have a pretty tough time learning. There is an innate fear of water that kicks in, along with an active panic response, and a complete lack of insight on the best way to proceed.
Teaching your kids how to swim at an early stage helps them to get a useful life skill under their belt when it’s still quite easy for them to learn.
This, in turn, also opens up assorted doors and opportunities to them. For example, it opens up the possibility that they could join the school swim team, or go snorkelling at the beach on a family vacation.
- To develop their ability to learn and acquire new skills in general
According to certain psychologists, the more skills a child develops when still young, the easier they will find it to develop and acquire new skills down the line, in general.
Learning how to swim is a fairly technical skill, so teaching it to your child at an early age may well help to expand their capacity for learning and skill acquisition in general.
Of course, the better able your child is to keep learning and applying new skills throughout their life, the higher the likelihood is that they are going to end up in a positive position in life.