Our family just recently returned from a fabulous week in Mexico. We chose the Yucatan Peninsula over other sunny vacation spots because my husband and I LOVE to snorkel and scuba dive, and Cozumel has some of the best reefs we’ve found. Diving is one of the activities that has bonded us over the years, and we have both been excited about introducing it to our kids when the time was right.
Kids Can Do More Than You Think
As we were preparing for the trip, my husband asked if I thought the kids were old enough yet to learn to snorkel. My first thought was, “Are you kidding me? Of course they are.” Since our son is only six and our daughter is only three my husband had his doubts. I pointed out that we have friends who have introduced children that young to other sports like skiing and snowboarding and it was a great experience for everyone. So at dinner one night a few weeks before we left, we asked the kids if they would like to learn to swim and dive like mommy and daddy. Both of their faces lit up, and I mean LIT UP as their eyes got big and their heads started to nod in tandem. My son who has been counting down the years to get scuba certified about flipped his lid.
At first I was taken aback at their enthusiasm. I mean, there was absolutely no hesitation, absolutely no fear of trying this completely new thing. Talking about it is one thing, but actually putting your face in the water and trusting the snorkel as a breathing apparatus is another. Many adults are uncomfortable with snorkels. But as I thought about it, I realized that I shouldn’t be surprised. We have always encouraged our children to be brave, to try new things, to explore new opportunities. In short, we encourage our children to be courageous.