Sunday, September 13, 2015

Grandparents and Swimming: Match made in Heaven

I've been meaning to write this post for months, and today (thanks to social media) I learned it's National Grandparents Day! There's no time like the present:

Today's grandparents are active and involved in their grandchildren's lives on so many levels. They're caretakers, playmates and special occasion celebrities. On behalf of all parents out there, we don't know what we'd do without our grands!

In the past few years, we've seen a record setting number of grandparents bring their grandchildren to swim class at LPB. What a perfect activity for grands to do together! Water is weightless, making it easier for grandparents (and great grandparents) to hold and embrace young children. Our pool water is warm and therapeutic, creating the perfect bonding environment. When adults and children swim together, there's an unusually high level of skin to skin and eye contact. Have you ever noticed we're all about the same height in the pool? What a great way to connect face to face!

Lastly, as children get older, grandparents can enjoy actual swimming with their grandkids. As seen here (right) older more active children can swim hand in hand with their great grandparents! It's tough keeping up with these older kids on land, but the water slows them down just enough for that quality time.

My own mom, owner of La Petite Baleen, still enjoys the occasional water slide and trip down the lazy river with her grands (all 8 of them!).

So, Happy Grandparents Day! Now get out there and swim!

1 comment:

  1. I have LOVED swimming with all 8 of my grandchildren and look forward to more.