You & Kids in the Pool
When I was younger, my parents were adamant that I learn the life skill of swimming and pool safety. And, now that I have my own children who love the concept of the pool, I see the value in having kids who know basic floating and treading techniques in the pool.
Another urbanFamily joined us for some pool fun the other day and there was plenty of fun: splashing, some full out swim racing, and lots of cannonballs. The toddlers, of course, required constant attention and holding. The older kids, though, were totally competent in their play and swim. The middle-aged kids, the ones age 5-7, were still a bit wary in the water, tentative, afraid to let go, even though they were generally capable in the water. While it is good to be safe, is there an in-between? A way to instill independence in the water in a safe way? Do you use floatation devices with your kids when they are pre-swim-savvy?