Chronicles of a mom whose child is learning to swim

Summer of three.nine
When Tej was over three years last summer, I decided it was a good time for him to start learning to swim. I would have liked to have him start earlier, but I didn’t know of any facility in our neighbourhood where such small kids can learn. So anyway, I and Harshad took him to the coach at a nearby swimming pool. He was the one who had taught both me and Harshad and we knew him well.

On the first day, I took Tej down to the kids pool, which is about 4 ft in depth, and introduced the coach to him. Tej was not interested in the coach but in watching the scenes all around. Children shivering at the edge, some sobbing. I knew this wasn’t the ideal setting in which to start. But what followed was a disaster. Tej just refused to get into his trunks at all. I stood with him by the side of the pool and thus passed the first day watching by the side. As did the whole of the month. Continue reading “Chronicles of a mom whose child is learning to swim”

Unschoolers

I read an article in the Indian Express about a small band of courageous parents who not just not send their kids to school, they don’t school them at all! I read it with great interest. I knew of course about home schooling, where children are tutored at home. But not schooling at all was a new thought for me.

Like many parents, I have little respect for ‘rote learning’, the ‘no freedom to express yourself in your own creative way’, ‘no scope to learn at one’s pace’ and other annoying features of a regular school. Continue reading “Unschoolers”