The Littlest Funk blog

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Benefits for Babies in Swim Lessons at Goldfish Swim School

My twins are quickly approaching a year old (like in two weeks) and I can't wait to get them in swim lessons.  I wish I had started them sooner, because there are so many benefits, but starting them at a year old is good too!  Did you know that you can start your little ones in swim lessons at Goldfish Swim School as early as four months old?!


Here are a few of those benefits to starting your babies out young:

Balance

The core balance achieved by learning to swim is beneficial to babies, particularly as they are growing and learning how to control their bodies. Sitting up during swim class and balancing on the ducky mats is essential to strengthening the core, which helps babies learn how to crawl, sit up, stand, walk and run! And this sets the stage for years of success, which is something to celebrate!

Confidence

Molly (Twin A) is so ready to start walking, but always needs that extra push.  She gets so excited when she gets to moving her feet and you can tell that she feels accomplished.  When your baby sees what he or she can accomplish during swim class, his or her confidence skyrockets too!  I even see this in my older girls.  I mean, my confidence gets a little boosts when I set goals and accomplish them! The best part is that Goldfish swim instructors use integrity, compassion and trust to bring out that stellar confidence in your babies!

Socialization

I don't know about you, but I am all about getting out of the house with my kids and taking them to do fun things.  If you’re a stay-at-home parent like me and your baby isn’t in a care program with other kids, the early socialization impact of swim classes gives your baby a chance to learn how to interact appropriately with new people. (And you’ll also be able to be around other adults!) Truly a GOLDEN experience for parents and kids!

 
Entertainment

Did you know that kids learn the most from birth to age 5 and surprisingly, most of what they learn is best learned through play! The entertainment your baby gets during swim class is not only a great learning opportunity, but also great stimulation — part of Goldfish Swim School’s dedication to WOW customer service. (Psst…There’s a good chance swim days may be your best nap days for baby, too!) I know first hand that it most definitely wears my 5 and 3 year old out and they always take a good nap afterwards.  Win!!

Builds Strength 

Your little one uses new muscle groups during swimming that they haven’t had a chance to strengthen otherwise and that exercise is a great introduction to the world of healthy movement, which is so important for other areas of development. There's no reason why you shouldn't start them early!  

Most importantly, your baby learns about water safety and what to do if they are near or in water.  That's something you can't a price on in my opinion and Goldfish Swim School has been great for my girls.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Life as we (the Funk's) know it

We are officially two weeks into the school year and I finally feel like I can breathe a little since having the twins almost a year ago! I can't believe they'll be ONE next month, but I'll circle back to that ;)  It's been a while since I've done a little update on what our family has been up to lately, so here we go...

Emma and Charlotte both started school earlier this month and they are loving and rocking it! Em is seriously up before the sun each morning ready to go and Charlotte wishes she was going every day like big sis.  She's only going three days a week right now.  I get excited when it's time to go pick them up, but I'm not sad when I drop them off.  Haha!  It's been nice to hang out with just the twins and I'm sure they are loving not having two (wild) big kids trying to pick them up and dragging them around everywhere.


We made it through our first Summer here in Indiana and even though I'm still really missing Florida and all of our friends there, we did have some fun.  We went to Texas and spent time with family, which was the twins longest road trip.  My mom flew up and then we made the 14 hour drive.  It was an adventure and they did really well!  We got to visit with my great-grandmother who just turned 95!  We also got to see a lot of family we haven't seen in a very long time.  It was wonderful and needed.

Cousins!
Mi Abuela
The girl's great-great grandmother!
A few of our friends from Florida made a surprise visit over the Fourth of July followed by a visit from my youngest sister and her family.  We definitely tried to make the most of it, but I would be lying if I didn't tell you that I have really low expectations these days.  Four kids under five isn't easy and I definitely can't take them out on my own without help.

We did make it to the Indianapolis Zoo a few times and I'm ready for some cooler weather so that we can really enjoy being there all day!  They had a new Black Mamba (or chicken snake as Charlotte likes to call them) exhibit and Sloth exhibit, both of which were the girls favorites.

We are gearing up to celebrate our twins turning a year old, which seems unreal.  This has been the fastest year of my life yet.  They are growing at a crazy speed and it finally feels like we have this whole twin parenting thing down, or maybe not.  It changes daily.  I've said this before and I'll probably keep saying, but everything I thought I knew about motherhood changed when the twins arrived.  Nothing has been easy and nothing has been the same.  It's been an emotionally roller coaster, but here we are still alive.  I can however proudly say that I am still nursing both of them which I knew I could, but it's been hard AF. #realtalk 


I'm still working through my postpartum anxiety and PTSD, which I can say is so much better today than it was a few months ago.  I'm still working on writing about my experience and everything that happened when delivery Molly and Kathryn.  I promise I'll get it posted before the twins go to college.

We finally made it to church service for the first time in a year too and it felt soooo good.  That was a huge accomplishment for us and the twins did great in the nursery.  I'm fortunate to have in-laws that have been keeping our girls on the weekends so they are able to go to Sunday school, but the twins sleep schedule (or lack of) has made it difficult for us to go.  

Other than that, life as we know it has still been full of poopy diapers, messy floors (and kids), some tears, some yelling and a whole lot of love.  



 

Monday, July 29, 2019

Why you should keep your child in Swim Lessons all year long

Thank you Goldfish for sponsoring this post. As always, content is 100% honest and my own. #goldfishswimpartner


I can't believe my oldest daughter will be starting Kindergarten in less than two weeks.  It's crazy how quickly this year has flown by, let alone the Summer.  I've been asked if we will keep Emma and Charlotte in swim lessons after the start of school in the Fall and the short answer is absolutely.

Goldfish Swim School makes it easy to adjust their swim lessons during a time that works for us.  They have extended hours that allow us to go in the late afternoon right after school or even in the evening if that works better.  They are also open on the weekends if during the week isn't an option.  There is really no reason for us not to continue going.  There are so many benefits as well if my girls continue their weekly lessons.

For one, it could save my child's life.  I remember when we lived in Florida, thinking "next Summer will be the Summer my girls learn to swim on their own."  We were surrounded by water year round and always hanging out in someone's pool.  Now, that we have moved to Indiana, I kept thinking that they were going to forget what they had learned.  We moved in the Fall and for five months didn't see any water until we started at Goldfish Swim School in January.  Gosh am I glad that they did!  Even though they were learning how to swim on their own in Florida, what they are learning at GSS is invaluable.  Not only are they learning how to swim, but they are learning water safety and how to not drown.

We have a pond behind our house and a few weeks ago, my daughter's friend opened the back gate and they had gone around.  Our first thought was what would have happened if she fell in.  Would she remember what she learned at Goldfish?  We will continue to go and she will continue to learn at GSS until that isn't a question I have to think about.


Another reason, is that sometimes it just takes a little longer to adjust and learn.  My oldest is moving up levels quickly and really picking up the whole swimming thing.  Charlotte on the other hand as taken a little longer to get the hang of it.  She didn't enjoy going under the water at first and it took her some time to get comfortable.  It was super helpful that she had the same instructor the entire time (who we love and interviewed a few months ago).  He knew her limits, but also pushed her.  It took her almost four months to move on to the next level and that was ok because I knew what she was learning, she would actually retain.

Swimming is fun year-round!  I mean, who says you can go only go swimming in the Summer?  I love that Goldfish keeps their pool at just the right temperature indoors so that we can enjoy swimming all year long.  Not just lessons, but during open swim hours as well.  It's great exercise for them and a good way to get some energy out after being in school all day.  Win-win for everyone!

It's also so exciting to see my girl's progress and how excited they get when they know they've learned something new.  Their instructors get excited and everyone leaves Goldfish Swim School feeling pretty confident about themselves!

Goldfish Swim School has new locations opening all the time, so check out a location near you and sign your kids up for swim lessons today! (And even babies younger than 1 can learn to swim with us!)