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EXCLUSIVE! 'Private Practice' Star Amy Brenneman Shares Her Advice For Teaching Your Kids How To Swim!

Sat, June 12, 2010 10:42am EDT by Add first Comment
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Is your child afraid of the water? Amy tells you how to help them conquer their fear!

Teaching your kids how to swim can be a scary process — for both you and your kids — but because it’s important to know for their safety, it’s just something you have to do. So how should you do it? “I just kicked [my kids] into the pool,” Private Practice star Amy Brenneman, 45, explained to exclusively June 9 at the Digitas Digital Newfront Conference in NYC. “They sunk to the bottom. The kids are freaked out, and then they’re coming out swimming!”

“We [also] did the floaty thing,” Amy said. “There’s also this lady named Mrs. B, who’s like this hot Australian lady. Literally, sign up for these two weeks” and the kids are experts!”

Amy taught her kids — Charlotte, 9, and Bodhi, 5 — to swim “pretty young [at like] 2 or 3.”

“We’re LA babies, so we’re in the water all the time,” Amy explained. “We swim a lot in LA. I try to be really ecologically minded, but I do keep my pool warm. It’s awesome! So, if anybody is rowdy or cranky, including myself, we just get in that water.”

Amy’s kids are her everything, but she also has to balance her work life along with her home one. Her best advice to other moms in similar situations is: “Don’t try! Step away!”

“I truly think it’s a one day at a time thing, and the way I think of it is: there’s a big, rowdy dining table inside of me,” she said. “At that table is the perfect mom, the career girl, the wife AND the SLUT. They’re all there. I have to listen to them all and everybody has a valid voice. And, then one day at a time you make the best decisions that you can.”

Fun tip about Amy: ironically her  “go-to person” on the set of Private Practice is also her best friend on the show. Amy talks to Paul Adelstein, who plays Dr. Cooper Freeman, about “everything: how insane I am and [even] my cellulite!”

— Lindsey DiMattina