After 3.5 weeks of swim classes, Seth still refuses to put his face in the water. My 6-year-old's teachers have been smart to not force the issue, but it's also obvious that he's the toughest challenge they've ever faced.
For now, I'm content to let him build up his confidence in the water. I'll probably re-up Seth for swimming classes in the fall to maintain momentum or he will start taking golf.
Lael, on the other hand, doesn't hesitate to put her face in the water. She runs around in the shallow pool with total confidence.
But she's not in swim classes. She completely freaked at having other people around her in a formal class. In some ways, she's even more shy than Seth was at this age. That will pose a tough challenge when Lael begins preschool in a couple weeks.
From my vantage point as a dad, I'm beginning to understand how tough it is to build confidence in my kids. It does not run deep and strong naturally in them. I suspect it will be a key challenge over the next few years.
*UPDATE: Oops, Seth ended class very unhappy because his instructor called him a cheater for getting the dive rings with his feet instead of his hands. His confidence was shot and he was very upset. Sigh.