Grieving Mom Doesn't Deserve Hate for Using This Method to Teach Her Baby to Swim (VIDEO)

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After tragically losing her 2½-year-old son to an accidental drowning, Keri Morrison is naturally determined that her daughters won't suffer the same fate. So why is a video Morrison posted of her 7-month-old daughter Josie learning to swim getting so much hate? Well, because Josie is learning to swim via the controversial Infant Swimming Resource method, which, as you'll see, is somewhat hard to watch (but potentially effective).


ISR teaches a "self-rescue" technique which, according to the foundation's website, has saved hundreds of lives and is the "safest and most effective" type of survival swimming lesson available. And while I don't know much about it, I will say that in the videos I've seen of babies learning to swim this way, they do have some incredibly impressive skills -- but I'll also say that watching them makes the mother in me want to jump into the pool fully clothed to pull these tiny little land-dwellers out of the deep dangerous water, stat!

Watch this and you'll see what I mean (also get ready for some serious cuteness):

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Phew!! Okay, my heart will stop pounding someday. Clearly this little girl is going to be just fine in the water, which is exactly what her mother wants. But, as I mentioned, that doesn't mean people (i.e., the Internet) agrees with how she's achieving that goal. Folks are calling the method everything from cruel to dangerous, and Morrison, for one, doesn't get it.

"You're seeing a 6-month-old sitting on the steps playing, which can be a real-life situation," Morrison told Today. "She falls in and she turns over and saves herself and floats for over a minute and a half. I don't see how there could be anything negative about that."

Well, she has a point, of course -- and I imagine that after suffering such a horrible loss with her son, she would surely feel the backlash is particularly unfair; after all, I have no doubt that Morrison would never intentionally put her child in danger of drowning!

That said, it's just so undeniably scary to see a baby in the water unattended even for a split second. So I understand people's concerns, and I'm not sure I would try this method out with my own baby (because I'm a big paranoid chicken), but I'm not judging Morrison for doing what she thinks is best for her baby.

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According to the CDC, drowning kills more children ages 1 to 4 than anything else besides birth defects, with approximately three kids drowning every day -- so taking any steps to make kids confident and safe in the water is a positive thing for parents to do!


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