And truly that is how I feel about it. Childhood is not a competition to see whose kids can whiz through their milestones the fastest. It is important to me that all of my children become proficient swimmers, both for safety and for recreation. But like learning to walk or to eat with a fork, I believe that they will learn to swim through practice, not through formal lessons. And should one of them demonstrate a great interest and proficiency in swimming, then we will seek someone with a greater skill than either Partner-Guy or I possess to help our daughter achieve her full potential in swimming. Just like we would do if one of them is a gifted artist or musician or gardener or humanitarian.
Nevertheless, I admit that it is sometimes hard to see other children, Anna's age or only slightly older, who are incredibly proficient at a learned skill such as swimming. There was one boy at the hotel pool, perhaps only six or seven years old, who was swimming alone in the deep end while his father sat in a lounge chair reading the newspaper. That father won't win any parenting awards from me, but I was pretty impressed by the skill and confidence of the boy as he swam and dove.