My Eldest son, from the age of 3, has expressed a deep need to skateboard and surf. Now before you start thinking that he is trying to emulate his father let me just correct you on the offset, the last time Hubby took to the waves was when he was 15 years old!
I like to encourage my kids to do what they express an interest in, although I must admit to watch my then 3 year old start skateboarding was a little taxing on my nerves and I left Hubby to control that department while I implemented the health and safety aspect by making him wear his helmet and every knee and elbow pad! I was defiantly told off by Eldest as he informed me that he was a ‘professional’ and that ‘professionals’ don’t wear helmets and protective padding! To which I replied, “No helmet, no skateboard.” Simple as that!
He is now nearly 5 years old and I must say due to his own determination and few ‘wipe outs’ he has managed to stay more on his board than off it!
Our next problem was his desire to start surfing. As much as Eldest wanted to surf he was extremely phobic about putting his face in any type of water or getting his hair wet, this impacted any form of swimming lessons I tried to take him to, made hair washing an absolute nightmare, and therefore hindered his dream of surfing. I kept feeling anxious that I had a child who was not water safe and had not learnt this essential life skill! So I was ecstatic when I was able to get limited lessons with a swimming teacher who is known to get little people with water phobias to swim. Although she felt the time may not be enough for Eldest I decided that something was better than nothing! With her phenomenal personality and gentle yet firm approach she had Eldest ‘swimming’ with no floatation devices and with his face, hair and ears all in the water by the second lesson! I could have wept! As much as I give this fantastic swim teacher her dues, I am also extremely proud of Eldest, who was determined to overcome his fear so he could start learning how to surf.
I know that there are many more milestones that lie ahead of us but I am really glad I can tick this one off my list!