The 5 Water Safety Tips That Will Help Your Kid's Summer Stay FUN
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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Lifeguards Aren't Babysitters
Just because there is a lifeguard on duty doesn't mean you can opt out on watching your child in the water. A lifeguard is charged with maintaining safety for everyone in the water, but they're just one person (or two at some pools).
If you're in the water with your child, or at least at the edge watching, you: A. don't have to wait for a lifeguard to get to your child if there's trouble and B. free up the lifeguard to dive in when someone else is in trouble.
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