For the last 6 weeks, Payton has been enrolled in swimming lessons. Every weekday morning, 9-10am. He's made great strides at his comfort level and abilities in the water. I've been really proud of him...most days. His instructor, Justin, has had to convince him a few times to complete the tasks at hand. I've even gone so far as to threaten to get in the water with him. It worked, short term.
Today was the last official swim day of the session. (Tomorrow is family swim time). Payton asked if his Daddy could take him today and it actually worked out just fine. They left on time and Maxwell and I went to hang laundry on the line and start some yard work. Around 9:40am, I heard the car door close. Surely they weren't home yet. It's way too early.
But no. There's Matt, grumpy and stern. While Payton changes into his clothes, Matt explains that everyone there tried to convince Payton to get into the water and do his swim test, but to no avail. Payton had fallen and scraped both knees this morning and he didn't want to do the test because his knees hurt. Rather than spend an hour arguing, Matt brought him home.
I had a talk with Payton and explained the consequences of quitting. He would require a nap today, as well as no Wii, no computer time and no treats or candy. I almost had him ready to go back and try again. What else was there to take away?? Ahhh...family swim time.
Yep! That worked. Back into his swim clothes and back to the pool we went. He immediately apologized to Justin, got in the water quickly and passed his swim test in less than 10 minutes. That's it. We were home less than 30 minutes from when we left.
We talked on the way home about how "Kobylaks Don't Quit!" and how important it is to finish what you've set out and agreed to do. I told him how proud I was that he decided to go back and finish what he needed to do.
I think it sunk it. He's been repeating "Kobylaks Don't Quit!" since.