Infant Swimming Resource

My elder son is three and a half years old. Recently, he took Infant Swimming Resource classes. They teach how to swim-float-swim to the nearest ladder, steps or the edge of the pool. This is the first time that my son has taken swimming survival classes. Also, we didn’t use any floaters and stuff like that when we used to play in the pool for the last three years. Hence, the instructor didn’t have to undo the wrong tactics learnt.

After five weeks of classes, my son is able to swim-float-swim without any hiccup. He opens his eyes under water. This is a big deal for me because I have a hard time opening my eyes under water. Above all, it has given me peace of mind so that I can relax and enjoy the pool with him. The other day, my son missed the step of the pool but he saved himself by swim-float-swim. I highly recommend it. In fact, I think this is the first step until the kids are old enough to learn proper swimming. I’ll definitely make my younger son take these classes when I feel he is ready for them.

Activity list for my 3 Year old

Here are few activities that are favorites of my 3 year old. Here’s the list of children activities he did when he was younger. I hope this is helpful. Please feel free to recommend more types of activities that I can do with my son.

  • Reading Books

    This is one of the favorite activities. There is a glitter in my son’s eyes as soon as I suggest that I will read to him. We still get lot of books from the library.

  • Household Chores

    I let my son help me with following household chores:
    putting clothes in washing machine,
    taking out clothes from dryer,
    transferring cutlery from dishwasher to the cutlery drawer,
    arranging table mats and cutlery for everyone on the table before meals,
    cooking where fire is not involved such as salads, cake batter and so on,
    raking leaves in the fall and helping his father in yard work.

  • Activity Books

    I have him working on 5-6 types of activity books at a time. I let my son do a page from each in a day. I like Kumon and BrainQuest Activity books. I have following types of activity books that he has been working on: dot-to-dot, mazes, tracing, cutting, coloring, tracing uppercase, thinking skills, sticker books, big fat comprehensive activity books and so on.

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Recommended Children’s Books for 3 Year olds

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Meditation is a must for a child

When I was pregnant, my sister-in-law, Geetika, gave me the best advice. She told me that meditate when your child is awake and he will eventually meditate as well. I listened to her and every day I meditate with my son. It seems like a challenge to meditate with him but eventually meditation gets deeper and it is possible to not be bothered or distracted by external noises. Meditation helps me become a calmer and a balanced mother (most days!). This translates into a calmer and balanced child and a home. Also, every child loves to copy its parents. So, if a child watches us meditate, it will eventually copy us and hopefully, do even better than us.

As Shri Mataji explained to us, each child is born with a connection to the Divine power of love fully established. Each child is born innocent and pure. It is us, the parents who have problems on a subtle level and without being aware of them, we pass them on to our kids. The kids are like a clean white cloth and they absorb our stresses easily and the best way we can free them of these stresses is by creating a time for meditation every morning and evening, both for us and our kids.

My son and I sit for meditation (I follow Sahaja Yoga Meditation) in the morning and every evening we practice a technique known as foot-soaking while we meditate. For foot-soaking we put a teaspoon of kitchen salt into a little tub of lukewarm water (enough to soak the feet just above the ankle). I don’t know for certain if my son meditates or not, or whether he can feel any difference after doing it or not. I do know that he enjoys meditation time and that after meditation he is calmer and less hyper and a better listener. After meditation, there is more love and tranquility in our house. Therefore, it is very important for us to meditate. Meditation is one device that we can give to our child that will help him to become a better person and a device that will help him to overcome the stresses and obstacles in life. A natural and innate spirituality is the best gift we can give to our progeny. Without spirituality it’s like raising a kid without any nourishment for his heart and soul.

Places to visit with your toddler

We moved to Tupelo, MS in 2007 and we discovered following places that my son loves visiting:

  • Aquarium in Atlanta – My entire family enjoyed the aquarium thoroughly.
  • Avent Park in Oxford, MS. The playground is unique and built by community. It has monopoly table to play monopoly with sticks, leaves, acorns and so on. It has tyre swing, wooden piano and much more.
  • Ballard Park in Tupelo – It has two playgrounds. My son loves to feed the ducks, ride a bike, go for picnics and sometimes we take books to the park and read.
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