DS (7) has expressed interest in going into the school swimming carnival. He knows how to swim, can do basic freestyle but I think will struggle with 50m. Thing is, I don't want to discourage him for trying, but I know he'll struggle. I'm going to take him to a 50m pool so he can "practice" and also sign up for some casual lessons but I doubt he'll have much progression in 2 weeks before the swimming carnival.
I'm not sure if you'd describe him as competitive or just wanting to impress, but he cried in Kindy and in Yr 1 when he didn't get an award. Both times we had the "I just want you to try your best and be happy" blah blah blah chats. So, this might be a good opporunity to reconfirm that or it could just be another fail to him.
So, I'm left with this question. Do I discourage him from doing it- point out that it's a big swim and there might be other kids that have been doing swimming lessons for a long time. Or do I let him go, and catch him when he falls with a shoulder to cry on and an awesome lunch because I'm proud of him for giving it a go.