Its 93 degrees in the shade! The summer heat is here to stay. As a parent of children who enjoys swimming, getting wet, or playing in the sprinklers, I have to be mindful of how to keep them safe while swimming or playing in water.
See, let me be transparent, I don’t know how to swim and I have a fear of water but I try not to hold the kids captive to my fear.
The summer brings about more activities outside and when the heat is on hell, water activities tops the list.
I’m really trying this year to get them swimming lessons. I truly believe the younger you are when you learn is better but it’s never too late, right? Even for me? Look, I’m not ready!
Anyway, over the weekend, we took the kids to Cumberland Park. This park has an interactive play area and water splash area.
Now, this was right up my alley, oops, I mean the kids had a ball.
The splash area was perfect for kids and anyone that can’t swim but enjoy water play.
I appreciated the opportunity to relax and allow the kids to have fun in the water.
Then today, they wanted to get in the pool! Nooooooooo…. I was totally against it but the hubby, said it would be ok.
As not to be the negative no mom, I gave in. The hubby is a great swimmer so he would be in the water with the kids.
They had floaters and safety equipment for the pool. They ended up having a great time in the pool as well. The hubby even started teaching the 12 year old how to swim.
Even with allowing the kids to enjoy a wade pool or if your kids are great swimmers, everyone must practice water safety.
Swimming pools are great places for family fun especially when the heat is swealtering. As you plan out your summer water activities, make sure you go over and adhere to a few simple safety tips to ensure safety in and around the water.
Safety Tips provided by poolsafely.gov
1. Never leave a child unattended in or near water.
2. Teach children how to swim. Yes, we are working on this tip NOW!
3. Teach children to stay away from drains.
4. Ensure all pools and spas – both in your backyard and any public pool you may visit – have compliant drain covers.
5. Install proper barriers, covers and alarms on and around your pool and spa.
6. Know how to perform CPR on children and adults.
As someone that isn’t ready to face her fear, I stay in my lane when it comes to the pool. I make sure everyone has the items they need when they need it.
My goal is for my family to enjoy every moment the summer has for us.
Don’t stiffen the kids water play. Instead, implement some water safety and enjoy the summer!
What are your tips to keep the kids safe in the pool?