Most parents would agree that dealing with illnesses in children is one of the most stressful parts of being a mom or dad. If it’s not the common cold or a scraped knee from falling down, it seems like it’s a bellyache or a painful hangnail. And while every injury or illness that our little ones face is hard for us to see, ear pain seems to be one of the most acute types of pain that can really wreak havoc on children. There’s also a lot of confusion about ear infections and the question of whether or not swimming (or exposing a child’s ears to water period) might be responsible for ear infections. Given how common they are in infants and toddlers, we’re here to help you sort out the truths and the myths about this common childhood infection.
Posted in Swim Safety by SwimSchool Bob on January 16, 2018
As parents know, keeping kids physically active helps keep them healthy, as well as mentally and socially engaged. It also provides a positive outlet for stress relief, but you might wonder just how many kids’ sports programs your child can juggle at once, and how other healthy kids activities can compliment others. It’s clear that swimming lessons can be complementary to other water-based hobbies, like water polo or snorkeling, but they can also go hand-in-hand with less likely sports and pastimes. Here are a few:
Posted in Child Development by SwimSchool Bob on January 11, 2018
At Hubbard, we love seeing your little one’s face every week in class. And we hope we’ve conveyed the benefits of swim lessons, especially year round swim lessons that are attended with consistency. But, with the holidays and a busy winter season that often involves vacations and packed schedules, we also understand that there may be times when you’re unable to get to class. Not to mention, December and January are known as peak months for contagious illnesses, so there may come a time when you need to make use of our makeup swimming lessons (although we hope not!). Here are our policies:
Posted in Hubbard Updates by SwimSchool Bob on January 9, 2018
You enrolled your child in swim class, finally having adjusted them to the activity and eased fears about the water. Soon, however, you face a different obstacle, change. How can you gauge your child's developmental readiness to handle changes to something routine as swimming lessons? A change in schedule, teacher, or level of swim class is bound to occur eventually, and can bring with it some pretty negative feelings with your children. The questions is this: how ready are you, as a parent, to deal with those changes?
Posted in Swim Safety by SwimSchool Bob on January 4, 2018
Many parents seem to start their children in swimming lessons as soon as they bring them home from the hospital. But what if this wasn’t the case with you and your child? What if you waited and thought about helping them learn to swim, but the “right” time never came?
There are a lot of factors to keep in mind when you’re thinking about starting baby swim lessons. Of course, the best place to start is by thinking through what your ultimate goals are. Do you hope to help your infant grow into a water-confident child? Do you want to increase your baby’s safety around the pool? Are you looking for a fun way to bond with your son or daughter?
If you had a dollar for every time someone told you to ‘wait an hour after eating before swimming’ you’d be able to buy that jet boat you’ve always wanted. Of course, it’s not ideal to eat something and jump right in the pool for a few hours, but let’s look at the ‘what’ rather than the ‘when’ of fueling up before swimming. When it comes to your kids' tummies in a pool of water, you want to be sure you're fueling them up for swim lessons the right way, and teaching healthy habits to boot. Don't worry; we've got the lowdown on what you can give your kids to eat before swimming, and what to fuel up on after swim lessons.
When you’re eager to help your little ones learn to swim, you want to give them every advantage possible. You’ve likely heard that certain swim “props” (like floaties and water wings) are actually dangerous and not recommended. So, are there any types of gear that your young swimmer can use to their benefit? The answer is yes – swimming goggles. Here’s some more information about how to use them in order to help your child swim safe.
Posted in Swim Tips by SwimSchool Bob on December 21, 2017
Baby swim lessons are an amazing opportunity to bond with your new baby. Once you’ve signed up however, you may start wondering if you’re prepared for all of the eventualities and start feeling stressed. Preparing for baby swim lessons doesn’t have to be a nerve-wracking experience. Here are some key tips to stress-free swimming.
Posted in Swim Tips by SwimSchool Bob on December 19, 2017
A doctor, an artist, a ballerina, a zoo keeper! Listening to what kids want to be when they grow up is one of the most fun questions to ask a little person. Their imaginations run wild with possibilities and dreams. The joy is especially evident when your little one’s eyes light up when they’re practicing for the day when they get to ‘grow up’ and become… their wildest dreams! Maybe you’ve seen this happy light dancing in their eyes when you take them to swimming lessons at swim school. For those kiddos who love swimming, they can have that joy their whole lives! Check out these 6 cool careers for kids who love swimming and share with your little one.
Posted in Motivation by SwimSchool Bob on December 14, 2017