my oldest, 4 and a half, is and always has been terrified of water getting in her face. this fear isn't just in the pool but even in the bathtub. when i wash her hair she needs to hold a washcloth so she can wipe the water off her face! she also flips out and starts crying if i accidentally get a drop on her face when im washing it. luckily, she's starting to take showers and she isn't as scared because she is in more control of getting her hair wet. but i still have to remind her over and over again to lean her head back and to step further into the water.
back to the pool issue, the only time she liked it was when she was an infant in a floatation device. last year, i got her use to arm floaties but it took weeks for that to happen. i had to do babysteps with her to get her off the pool stairs. finally when she wasn't holding on to me, and couldn't touch the pool floor, she realized it was actually fun and for the rest of the summer i couldn't get her out of the pool. now that it's warm here we're going to the pool but it's like starting over again. she's afraid when her feet don't touch the floor but she's also terrified of drowning (i keep having her practice jumping by me standing in the pool and having her jump in my arms in the shallow end) and i have no idea why. she's never come close to it. i want to get her used to learning how to breathe under water, but i haven't come close to getting her that far yet. i can barely get her out of the shallow end. i was a water baby growing up, we had a pool in my backyard and i was in it everyday.
i'm just not sure why she has so much anxiety over the pool? ive been very patient with her and letting her call all the shots, and not put any pressure on her. but secretly i want so badly for her to be comfortable with the pool.
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