I am signed up for WordPress’s Blogging 201 and Writing 101 this month! If you’ve noticed a change in my header, that can be thanked to the Blogging 201 course; such great tips and tricks! As for the Writing 101 course, I’ve been mostly archiving the tips there instead of making posts, since I’ve had some post ideas the past few days already. Today’s fit in perfectly with something I’d like to talk about though, so here is the photo prompt for today’s class, and my ramblings underneath! 😉
As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, my mom, little sisters, and step-dad will be moving to Florida in the next couple of years. Super exciting, I cannot wait to visit them there! 😀 We were talking on the phone the other night, and she brought up such a great point. They’ve been looking at houses in the are they’ll be moving to, and she really wanted to get one with a pool. Maddie is only going to be four when they move though, so Mom then said they wouldn’t be doing that. However, she then had a total brainstorm and realized what she was actually going to do.
Drowning is a leading cause of death in toddlers, and I find that very disturbing, frustrating, and sad since it can so easily be avoided! (I know, seems like such downer posts from me lately, huh?) Since all the activities they’ll be doing in Florida involve the water, and being in and on the water, it doesn’t make sense for the girls to not know how to swim just because they don’t have a pool in their backyard. Plus, if they do know how to swim, they can have a pool in their backyard!
So for the next year and a half until they move, my mom will be enrolling all the girls in swimming classes year-round! Mia and Sophie are older and can swim, but only the doggie-paddle, which Mom and I both decided doesn’t count as swimming. There are even courses that teach the kids how to flip on their back and slowly get to the side if they fall into a pool fully clothed! I thought that was super awesome.
It can take as few as ten seconds for a toddler to drown, and it’s very easy for them to sneak off and then have an accident in the pool. What a reassurance of the mind to know your child can swim no matter what happens to them near a body of water no matter how small! I think learning to swim is a great and important lesson to learn while you’re young, so I definitely recommend getting your child some swimming lessons! (That is if you have a human child; I won’t be making my cat-children go through that. 😉 )