I’ve just read this great article “5 Mistakes Parents Make That Can Increase Kids’ Risk of Drowning” over at parenting.com, you need to read this to keep your kids safe
Here are the first few lines and a link to the full article.
Heading to the pool this summer? Avoid these mistakes when your kids are learning to swim to prevent drowning.
With swimming pools across the country opening Memorial Day weekend, it’s time for us parents to make sure we know how to keep our kids safe around water. Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death among children ages 1 to 4 years old, according to the CDC, and sadly, between Memorial Day and Labor Day in 2015, 209 children drowned in swimming pools and another 76 in lakes, according to the United States Swim School Association (USSSA).
While teaching kids to swim can save lives, as parents, we have our own preferences and beliefs about at what age a child should learn and what techniques should be used. No matter your choice, Sue Mackie, executive director of the USSSA, suggests following these guidelines so you’re not putting your kids at increased risk while they’re learning to swim: