[twitter]I loved it when, in January, my son’s school took the kids on a series of ski lessons.
While I was disappointed that the lessons happened while I was at work (and I couldn’t take time off to watch his first slide down the slopes), he loved the lessons and it was something we wouldn’t have done for him this year.
When you’re a working parent and unable to take 4 half days over the course of a week to supervise swimming lessons, that means you hand over your naked child to a random parent in your kid’s classroom. Police checks are mandatory to volunteer at the school, but still.
My sons have been taking swimming lessons since they were less than a year old. Zacharie loves the pool and is very excited for a week of jumping in to the water with his friends, but I have hesitations about letting him go.
While I loved the opportunity he was given for skiing lessons, are swimming lessons something schools should be providing? Aren’t most to all 5 year olds in swimming lessons? If you need to send out countless emails begging for male volunteers to attend the change rooms, shouldn’t that be a sign that perhaps these kinds of activities aren’t possible during working hours because of parent schedules? Would you be comfortable sending your son on a swimming field trip at 5 years old with “random dad” looking after their nakedness in the change room?
Learning to swim is, in my opinion, a mandatory life skill. If schools insist on offering the program, they should wait until an age where as many change room chaperones aren’t needed and children are more self-sufficient. I appreciate the efforts schools make to give our kids experiences beyond the classroom, but some things (like looking after naked kids) are better left to the parents.