I used to love summer. Hot sun. Barbecues. Fresh-cut grass. And then I became a mother, and thus totally terrified of the water.
Go ahead. Call me neurotic. But when you consider the CDC says drowning is the leading cause of injury death among children 1 to 4 years old, the closer we get to summer, the more panicked I get about all those pool parties and river outing invites. So when I found out May is National Water Safety Month, I knew I had two choices.
I could rejoice in the fact that I'm not the only neurotic mom out there -- it's a national THING. Or I could do something about it. Lucky for you, I went for number two. I decided to help all those neurotic moms out there actually feel good about their kids and water this month.
Behold! I talked to some real life water safety experts about what the heck it is we always do wrong ... and how to actually get the kids water-ready! Go get the sunscreen, it's time to actually have a decent summer! Oh wait, but read the tips first ... there are a few that might surprise you.
What terrifies you most during the summer months with your kids?
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The introduction of swimmies, or floaties, as some people call them, has given a lot of children more confidence in the water. The problem says long-time certified lifeguard and swim instructor Megan Reichmann, is parents assume that means their kids are now "safe" in the water.
Reichmann says 9 times out of 10 kids with swimmies on their arms would end up in the deep end of the pool and start screaming because they didn't actually have the ability to use their legs and kick their way back to the shallow end. Swimmies are not a replacement for a life preserver, she says, or more importantly, for having an adult right there to watch a child.