It's cold. It's wet. And it seems like the evening starts rolling in almost as soon as you've finished your lunch.
As it gets darker earlier, it may be tempting to give your kids a 'break' from their swimming lessons.
But the thing is: this can cause more harm than good and cost you in repeated lessons.
1. Practise makes progress
We get it: it can be tempting to withdraw your children from swimming lessons in order to save up some Christmas cash.
But think about it, it's unlikely that your little ones will come back from a 'break' with the same confidence and skills as where they left off.
Taking a couple months off from swimming lessons pretty much undoes all the investment you've made in your child's swimming abilities.
As it turns out, many children lose their confidence and after a break, end up having to re-do the same level of lessons they've done before.
On the other hand, if they continue lessons, they'll progress at a faster pace than their peers that stop swimming and be fully prepared for days by the pool or beach by the time Summer rolls around. Win-win!
2. Beats cabin fever
For parents with young children, wet weather is the enemy of a day out at the park or playground.
Every parent knows how restless little ones get when they don't have a chance to run off their pent-up energy.
Good news: swimming can burn off their energy indoors and save your kids from climbing the walls!
3. Brain boosting benefits
Practising movements like reaching and kicking in the water is not just good for swimming itself; the benefits also translate into the classroom too.
This has been backed up too: A 2012 study found children who swam reached many developmental milestones earlier than their non swimming peers.
But there's more: Being immersed in water increases blood flow to the brain.
Improved memory and alertness.
What's not to like?
4. Fights off winter bugs
We now know how good swimming is for our child's mind and body, but you might be thinking:
"What if my child gets ill from having wet hair after swimming?"
It's been a common belief passed down through the generations but how much truth is actually in this old wives' tale?
It even seems that with more incidences of colds in the winter, there's stats to back this up.
As it turns out, that's far from fact.
Think about it: Every winter we spend more time huddled up indoors close to other people.
In reality, when it's freezing or raining, we spend more time indoors in close proximity to other people and their germs.
Here's the truth: Not only does swimming boost your child's brain power, it also lowers the chance of them getting sick in the winter.
All swimming strokes gets blood and oxygen pumping around the body, which helps remove toxins to carbon dioxide.
And that's not all. It also has a positive effect on the lymphatic system, which wards off infections and viruses.
What does this mean for you?
Simply stated, swimming in the darker months is one of the most underrated things you can do as a parent or carer.
Not only will it save them repeating their lessons next year, they'll be happier, more alert and healthier all winter.