Dylan started swimming lessons on Monday, and I was expecting him to be somewhat excited about them (or at least not hate them) but after two nights...he pretty much hates them. Last night he screamed and cried and refused to get into the water at all. Tonight, Matt was able to come with and Dylan did get in the pool (there was some bribery involved), but he looked miserable the entire time and started crying again at the end.
The question is...do we go back for tomorrow night? Matt says absolutely not. Dylan's not having fun, it's an inconvenience for us all for something he doesn't even like (I have to find a sitter for Ella if Matt's working), and we're possibly traumitizing him. I tend to be a little on the suck-it-up-kid side of parenting, and I figure he might get over it and actually learn something, and I feel like he should go because we paid $40 for the lessons.
The thing about Dylan is that's it's not actually the water he dislikes (he "swims" all the time on vacation and at the pool at my parents' condo), but he is very uncomfortable with the entire swimming lesson situation. It's loud, there are a few other kids upset and crying, he doesn't know the people around him, and we're not in the water with him. Matt says he can actually remember having the same feelings about swimming lessons as a kid. I happen to have fairly happy memories of swimming lessons, so I just figured this was a rite of passage.
I guess I'm leaning towards not taking him back, but that's not my natural instinct...what do you think?