My son absolutely hated his first class. His body was stiff as he clung to my arms, neck and whatever else he could get a hold of. He screamed out “dada!” even though I was right there – as someone who loves him, every time he said “dada” what I heard was “Dada, why are you doing this to me!? I thought you loved me!?” He cried the whole duration of the 30 minute class and it wasn’t a matter of whether he would stop or not, it was just a matter of how hard he would scream and cry at any particular moment.
All around me I saw frustrated parents going through the same thing – often times stopping whatever baby maneuver we were doing to hold or console their child or just to get a break from the screaming.
As a parent, swim class sounds like a fun idea, but when you get there and you see what a pool does to these babies, it can end up being one of the hardest experiences of your life.