Every day at Big Blue, our Swim Associates help kids learn new swimming skills in the pool and are right by their side as they reach new milestones. But every swimmer has to overcome an obstacle or two before achieving those Big Moments. Conquering fears and learning new skills help teach kids resilience.
Parents can help kids build resilience during uncertain times, writes Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg, a psychologist for adolescents and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He offers the following advice to parents during this COVID-19 crisis:
Maintaining physical health strengthens emotional health. Strong bodies help our minds navigate uncertainty and challenging times. It's important for parents and kids to stay active and give the brain a chance to focus on something else. Swimming is a great outlet for kids.
Be a calming presence for others. During times of great distress, it's helpful to surround yourself with reasurring voices to keep you grounded. Our warm environment and friendly teachers help create that calming place for kids.
When you can't change things, adapt. A lot has changed around us, but by focusing on what we can do will helps to improve our overall outlook. At Big Blue Swim School, we're proud of the way that have adapted swim lessons with our health and safety procedures to keep kids swimming in a safe environment.
Relationships strengthen us. An important lesson for kids is that during tough times, people come together. Our people are core to our business at Big Blue, and our Swim Associates care so much for the kids they teach. Our Big Blue families keep us motivated and inspired to teach every single day.
Dr. Ginsburg's advice really resonates with us during these trying times. In the wrap-up of his article, he says "Resilience is about more than bouncing back. It is about adapting. Growing. Becoming stronger. Being ready for the next challenge, but also being prepared to savor all the good life has to offer." Everyone is going through a tough time right now, but we are doing our best to adapt to meet the moment. Our people make us stronger, our space gives us security, and the lessons we teach kids are lifelong. This moment is making us all more resilient.