7 Tips for Teaching Your Child to Swim

For children of all ages, summer time is full of excitement and activities. Some of the most popular things to do in the summer revolve around water and swimming. When teaching your child to swim, remember these 7 important tips to make their experience as positive as possible!

  • When your child is beginning to learn how to swim, starting slow is crucial. By introducing them to water in small degrees, you create a sense of comfort instead of fear about this new endeavor. A local pool is a great place to begin.
  • Don’t tell scary water stories. This may seem obvious or silly, but your child needs to continue to believe that this is going to be a positive experience. Creating mental doubt can make learning anything increasingly difficult.
  • Don’t force your child in the water if they are not comfortable yet. Address the issue(s) and remind them that you are always going to be there to help them. If they are afraid, embarrassed or uncertain about doing this, forcing them is just going to make them more upset. It is important to keep in mind that they will learn this new skill in their own time, not yours.
  • Encourage your child to practice regularly, in order to solidify the things they have learned so far. Three of the most important things there is to know about swimming are proper breathing techniques, how to kick their feet, and how to float.
  • Having the proper equipment can make learning significantly easier. Flotation devices, goggles, and eventually the addition of water toys can get children excited about leaning how to swim.
  • Letting your child lead you with what skills they have already mastered as well as the ones they still need to work on, is an important step. By eliminating the pressure, they can feel confident enough to show you what they can do.
  • Lastly, consider investing in professional lessons. These trained instructors can build onto what you have already helped your child establish.

Most important of all is to relax and take the time to enjoy swimming with your child!

Creating A Positive Home


The quiet time on the road for the SSWLB Tour, when the kids have fallen asleep and my co-pilot is sleeping in the passenger seat, leads me to reflect on my family and the lessons they are learning from us and the life we are providing.  I read a recent article on the impact on children growing up in a positive environment leading to a child’s good self-image, which centered my thoughts on how we can create a home (even in an RV) that promotes growth, love, and acceptance.

Every child remembers what it was like to first make their parents proud; its a feeling that they want to feel again! Encouragement and positive words are essential to instilling personal pride in your child with every task they are asked to do. By keeping our criticism constructive, a child will begin to think critically about problems they face, and how to find the best solutions. By showing our children unconditional love, we create a sense of belonging and security that will stick with them. When they feel loved and appreciated, they will most likely make better choices and perform to the best of their abilities. By spending quality time with your children, you create a special bond with them.  It has been a wonderful experience to set aside time for one-on-one bonding as we make our way to each SeekingSitters’ location for Tailgates and meeting with the franchise owners to talk about how they find their work/life balance. Our kids will remember feeling special and important when you make them your top priority. Lastly, being a good example for your children to imitate is one of the most significant things you can do as a parent. Children mimic what they see and hear, and that is a great motivation to act in ways you would want them to behave.

Following these basic principles can help shape your child’s future in the best way possible. By providing praise and encouragement, keeping negativity out, showing unconditional love, spending quality time, and being a good example, your children will be equipped with a positive sense of self that will resonate with them as they go through life.

Children are malleable little individuals that are greatly impacted by the world around them. It is our responsibility as parents and guardians to help shape their lives for the better each and every day.


Living with Matthew McConaughey at Pecan Grove

SSWLB at Pecan Grove RV Park Austin Texas

Well, we didn’t exactly live with the Academy Award–winning actor, but we did get a chance to stay where he used to set up residence whenever he was passing through Austin, Texas. We didn’t pick Pecan Grove RV Park as our destination because of this connection to Matthew McConaughey, however. We picked it simply because […]

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SSWLB Jacksonville

Trish and Matt with their son and sitters

SeekingSitters Jacksonville was our first stop on the 2016 Work/Life Balance Tour, and we were looking forward to skipping three weeks of Oklahoma winter weather. Unfortunately, our dreams were crushed as we soon found out that the wacky Oklahoma weather had decided to come with us! It was cold and raining for much of our […]

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Seeking Balance


As we drove our RV out of Tulsa and started our one-year journey, I looked back at our kids diligently working on their schoolwork at the kitchen table (because yes, in an RV the kids can be buckled up at the kitchen table). Seeing this calmness in the kids was miraculous—especially when I thought about […]

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2016 Work/Life Balance Tour

SeekingSitters founders, Adrienne and David Kallweit, are hitting the road with their three children on a mission: Share, teach, spread the Work/Life Balance dream!  In 2013 SeekingSitters was growing rapidly and Adrienne knew it was apparent the stress was affecting her family in a negative way. She decided to do something about it and gave herself a CEO Time-Out! Kallweit spent […]

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Shop ‘Til You Drop In Peace – How to Handle Black Friday Chaos Like a Pro!


Ah, Black Friday. We count down the days. We stay up late (or don’t sleep at all), then we round up friends and family to brave the crowds! While some say it isn’t worth the headache, we’re here to tell you how to enjoy the day in peace and avoid the chaos. 1. Decide what […]

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Top 10 Things Moms Want From Their Babysitter


Jennifer Calyer, mother of two and owner of SeekingSitters’ Collin County, Dallas North, Denton and NE Tarrant County, DFW-Southwest, Fort Worth-North, and Phoenix Southeast Valley has had years of experience filling the babysitting needs of parents in her community.  As she works to find the best fit for each family, she shares what she (and other […]

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Summertime Safety

Summertime is the best time to be a kid! School is out, the skies are clear, and the weather is HOT.  While warm temperatures make way for exciting activities such as biking, swimming, hiking, and camping, it’s important to stay safe in extreme heat.                   The first key […]

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