In 2006 our little family moved to Sweden. We have a couple of months before we can move into our new house. The big conference room at the office became our private chambers. We get one private corner each. I know it sounds, and was, crazy but it was also cozy and fun. Truth is it could also be a little too much... Ida clearly expressed her need of privacy “-Get out of my corner!”
In March we moved into our beautiful yellow 1920ies house that became our home. Thank you to our office staff for your patience and good mood. I have great memories from then and I miss our delicious thursday breakfast meetings.
Keeping parents in the water and teaching parents and children together during the entire learn to swim process is quite unique. Taking a different route compared to the traditional swim school format is full of different and new experiences for everyone. It has an effect on both teaching, children, parents and teachers. Right in front of me I see active interaction, I see children and their parents and their impact on and how they affect one another and how they develop together. I see the impact and effect teachers have on individuals and class in general. It's so clear that it's not the specific skills but rather what happens between us humans that has the biggest impact on a child's possibility to reach it's full potential.
I enjoy and find it very rewarding to teach. I also learn to really understand the importance of “being seen for who YOU are” not what others wants you to be. So obvious yet so difficult. To teach children is a delicate balance due to the human need to belong and therefore an ability to cooperate even beyond what is healthy for the individual.
I start studying. Attachment specifically captures my interest. Attachment is the important bond between a parent and child which has a tremendous effect on our mental health and ability to closeness to others in adult life. In water many attachment situations occur naturally and I thought about “what we do, or can do, in water and classes is unique and can have very positive effect for many in areas you might not immediately think of”. The pool can be a perfect arena for learning and for healthy development for families.
Thank you to the many experts within child development and psychology for the knowledge you share, books you've written and write. Thank you for the opportunities where you lecture and present. Thank you for explaining and the patience for the slow process of learning and changing ;)
We celebrate our 5th birthday in our facilities which is a important mark. I had promised the Mayer and Director in Farum when we signed the contract that we would have reached more than 500 families swimming on weekly basis by year five. They didn't think it would be possible. We have reached almost the double! Thank you to our dedicated teachers and administration – when we believe and do it together we can reach our goals and beyond. Thank you - without you it wouldn't been possible!
We also have our challenges but sometimes it's a little more than you can imagine. In Farum we experienced that cash and merchandize disappeared in large quantities and left us sleepless. I had experienced theft in small amounts before and it always gives you an uncomfortable feeling of disbelief but I had never experienced it in these amounts and quantity. Staff was uncomfortable and all agreed on installing surveillance cameras. Everybody was interested in catching the thief. We couldn't believe it was one of us. But it was. After suddenly giving facility manager Caroline a very hard time one of our staff members disappeared and didn't show up for classes. After the weekend a police officer calls Johan to inform that we have an employee behind “the stiff curtains”. The person was arrested for not one but three armed robberies and a series of thefts. Who would have guessed? Well you learn that everything is actually possible. I hope this individual has sorted out life and is on a good track again.
The persons father later came by with two bags full of bathing suits and goggles belonging to us but the money we lost and the experience we got left a hole in our pockets and a scar on our trust.
Thank you to everybody for giving each other and us support during this time. You maintained an impressively good attitude.