Apparently they are doing swim lessons for Aiden's age here, but those that did it last year said all they do is get the kids comfortable in the water, put their faces in the water, blow bubbles, etc. Things Aiden already does once he stops freaking out about being in water that he can't touch the bottom of. lol.
Yeah, I think that's what they do with T's age here too. I'd like to learn how to get her to try and float. If she's comfortable lying back then she can learn how to properly float in a life vest more easily. Then I'll be comfy taking her boating. Because we do SO much boating in AZ. I think, more than anything, I want to have an excuse to show up to school an hour late once per week.
Enjoy being late once a week!
I think Aiden would do well with a bit more advanced swim than just put face in water. Oh well. Next year maybe I can do stuff myself (since apparently the class is the same for next year's age too :roll:)??? I was swimming well by the summer of my 3rd birthday. Doubt if Aiden will be.
Jackie- I think that's what they'll do here too. But I hope they throw in a bit of the water safety like Erin said. Plus I want her to learn to jump in the water with me or DH there. I just think she'll like that part. She already goes under water now on her own.
There isn't much to teaching a kid how to swim. I took swim lessons every summer I can remember until I was a teenager but I think it was my parents who taught me the most. I grew up in lake communities so we were in the water pretty much from dawn til dusk during the summer. I just don't want T to end up like my DH because she's growing up in the desert. I can swim literal laps around my DH and I'm not even a decent swimmer by East coast standards.
Good point about water safety. I should look some stuff online for the age. Would be good to work with DS with that when we're home in 3.5 weeks since both my ILs and parents have pools. My parents is gated off, but my ILs is not at all. Aiden plays in the front yard at my ILs house due to the pool (it's a HUGE yard - several acres).
DH is a great above water swimmer. I sink. Quickly. I've gotten better over the years as an adult, but as a kid I could float, dog paddle, and scare everyone by staying underwater for long amounts of time. lol. My dad taught me. Refused to teach my sister though and they sent her to lessons. She's a lot braver than me when it comes to jumping off the diving board. I won't do it.
The number one thing they'll tell you in any swim class is that the only safe way for a toddler to swim is with constant adult attention. Not just supervision but attention. Here in the SW, where no one knows jack squat about water safety apparently, they say that the kids who have had swim lessons are actually more likely to drown because they and their parents feel more comfortable around the water. I wouldn't feel comfortable in a situation where I'm in charge of more than 2 kids in a pool. If your IL's pool isn't gated you need to be sure that anyone who is watching him outside realizes that he can move FAST when they're not looking.
He won't be going out there without me! Never has in any trip since my ILs are older and don't move as fast. I just think I should talk to him there about being careful at the edge since I really don't want to go diving after him and do CPR.
I used to take a group on 17 kids swimming when I worked childcare! There would be a lifeguard where I took them, but I didn't trust them 100% by any means. I was constantly counting kids. Kinda glad to not be doing that anymore though ice skating with them made me way more nervous!!!
I taught my nephew to swim but he was like 4...this age is a little trickier to judge what they can handle. Although of course Adair proved me wrong and decided to act like a water monkey when we had witnesses yesterday.
My older niece (5) has a January birthday so she was a different age in the summer than Addy is/will be, but I distinctly remember there was a summer she was terrified of and barely went in the pool (1.5), a summer she was tentative (2.5), and then the next summer she was suddenly a freaking fish (3.5). So...I know it'll happen in time. I just think, like Erin, it would be nice to instill a few safety basics, especially since we around/in a pool so much (although never, ever even REMOTELY unsupervised.)
17 kids, Jackie!? That's just crazy!
17 kids, Jackie!? That's just crazy!
I was also 18-21 those years!!!
What, Jackie wants 17 kids???? Maybe I need to back read here.
I just watched DS1 graduate from Kinder. It was way overboard. There better be fireworks when he graduates from college or it will be a let down. But it was still cute and he was way excited. Now he is out to lunch with my Dad. How is my first born getting so old?
It makes me nervous even when one of the other adults has to run to the bathroom or something and I'm left for like 2 minutes with Adair + 3 in the pool, even though 2 of those are good swimmers. I can't let go of Addy, so I only have one other free hand...not a great feeling. I'm pretty strict about monkey business in those circumstances
Yep, that is way too many kids to be in charge of in the water.
I taught swim lesson for years and I would do a head count like every minute cause I was nuts about having something happen to one of the kids. Kinda stressful when I think about it.
Wally lets Odin walk around our pool with him while he is cleaning it. I know he keeps an eye on him but I still panick if I see him turn his back or walk to the other side without him. I pretty sure he feels like he hears Odin but I still believe he could slip in silently and DH would never hear. I'm way parinoid about our pool and could kill DH when he doesn't close the gate right or put the padlock on. Even if he is 'just' going to the shed to get something.
Yes, I am always really extra watchful when all the kids are around at the house with the pool. Only the oldest ones are tall enough to reach the latch, and usually the gate slams shut by itself anyway, but every now and then it'll catch weirdly and not click shut. Adair is pretty physically cautious and not the type to just jump in but she could easily slip or something.
Knowing her, I do let her walk around by herself in the pool area, but I never get more than about ten feet away (unless she's near other adults who are clearly on it).
Why I don't go to public pools!
Yeah, totally don't want 17 kids!!! Some days I'm wondering if I'm nuts to be having a 2nd. Looking back it was not the brightest decision of the childcare center, current laws, or myself.
When I did childcare in Vegas we didn't do field trips other than to the spring preserve which was on the same property where I worked (still took us a 15 minute walk though).
Fortunately, even though lots of kids use the pool we swim in, they are all very good (shockingly good, really) about getting out for potty breaks (except the babies, of course). Nobody showers, though. But it's well maintained, clear, and not stingy at all, so I think it's okay. It still really freaks me out when Adair starts trying to drink it, though. :puke2:
Why I don't go to public pools!
Can't say I'm surprised!
No, I'm not surprised either. But you do want to think "well, at least the chlorine takes care of it..."
17 kids? How was that legal?
Nerd rant ...
Don't let that article freak you out. It talks about germs as if they're all bad. They're not. If a public pool freaks you out for those reasons, then you should live in a hermetically sealed bubble. Should we all shower before we sit in chairs in restaurants? No. That sounds silly. Why then is it any less silly to think that a quick shower with no soap is going to do anything to improve the cleanliness of a pool? Yes, there are germs in public pools. They're mostly all the same germs that occupy your body every day. But because there are disinfectants in public pools, they're MUCH cleaner than any other public surface that you touch. Just use basic common sense, like it says. Don't swim in a public pool if you can't see the bottom. Though, I've never seen such a pool. And in a case where you can't see the bottom, its not the germs that were brought in by swimmers that are dangerous. Its the algae and fungus that have colonized the pool.
DH went swimming in such a pool (it was locked--they climbed the fence) while ridiculously drunk after his bachelor party. There were footprints on the bottom the next morning. Whee!
Okay--off to pick up cutie pie and then go get my freaking haircut! Later, ladies!
Have a great mommy time afternoon!
So having a bad Mummy moment, I just handed Ronin a turkey sasuage and put Thomas on for him to give me five minutes to have a coffee. Have to start yelling at hubby to get out of bed again soon, I like to be gone for uptown by 9am and it's 8:10 already. We are getting a swin for Ronin today and almost got a whole swing set for free because it was missing the middle swing ad the people wanted it gone. I guess it goes back on the Christmas list.
Speaking of Christmas, would you buy a kids camera as a gift for your kids this Christmas, a store has them on clearance for $5 so I am thinking of it, I thought he would get a kick out of it and his Grandad can take him and take photos because my Dad is a keen photographer
We all have those moments, Wendy. They aren't bad mommy moments. They are sane mommy moments.
What kind of camera is it? If its something that could easily be broken if its chucked then I'd pass on it for another year. Or buy it and keep it in the closet.
I only saw the briefly the other day as I was running Ronin out of the store because he was saying wee wee and was in jocks and I didn't want to be the Mummy whose kid left a puddle in the store. Hubby and I are going back to look at it today.
Did you make it out of the store before wee wee?
i would buy a kids one Wendy. I plan to get Lucas one when he is a bit older. They have those big plastic fisher price ones with a digital screen on the back. They are made to be thrown around, but they are like $40-$50
Do they take actual picture, Janice?
Risotto for dinner! What's everybody else making/made?
Should I try pureeing the broccoli and putting it in to see if the monster will eat it?
I really hate how you're all off putting your babies to bed while I'm feeling chatty.
Shouldn't Aiden be in bed by now? JACKIE!!
Ooooooooooh! 7000. Booyah!
I'm going for it. I'm pureeing the broccoli. I don't care what you ladies say ... or don't say.
Maybe I'll make it even creamier and puree some tofu in there as well. What do you think? I'm getting crazy up in huurrrr.
Y'all gun let me act a fool?
Up in herrrrr?
Up in herr?
So did she eat the brocceleh?
Now who's talking to herself in chat.......that'd be me, just hanging with all my friends.......
How did your pureed broccoli turn out? I seem to remember pureeing it for DD1 once and it didn't puree real well....you could still see the little bits of the broccoli heads and it just wasn't smooth. Of course, if you're putting it in something it probably doesn't matter.
Broccoli is one of only 2 veggies Lainey will eat. The other is carrots.
Haven't tried yet. DH & T just got home. Boobies were needed to replenish the bebe.
OMG! I just had my first "OMG, how did you remember that?" moment - all Adair style.
I was nursing T on the couch and I asked her, "Are you excited for Aden's birthday party this weekend?" She looked at me with wide eyes, jumped down, ran to the microwave, and started pointing and saying "ticka ticka ticka!" Turned out what she wanted was the card we bought for Aden that has STICKERS in it! She remembered that we'd bought the card last Tuesday and that it had stickers in it. I guess it made quite the impression. Woohoo! There is someone home in there.
Woohoo! There is someone home in there.
Of course there is! lol It is so cool to see the recognition emerge!
What wildly exciting plans does everyone have for this weekend?
It was a long nightmare time of putting Aiden to bed since my husband didn't get home till 8:30 and Aiden needed to be down before that after his early morning wake up. *sigh* But he's asleep. Hopefully he'll stay that way.
Y'all gun let me act a fool?
Up in herrrrr?
Up in herr?
Puree broccoli doesn't work as baby food type puree, but it does work fine when mixing it in spaghetti sauce or a lasagna sauce.
Tonight I made spaghetti (well kinda). I added finely diced yellow squash to the sauce. And I never serve actual spaghetti pasta because it's too boring for me.
My husband tried telling me he had the worst day ever as he was telling me about his day. Then I described my day and he said never mind. He didn't get chunky wood puzzle pieces throw at him, convince a toddler that climbing a stove is not a bright idea, find a toddler on top of the dining room table chunking cloth napkins and coasters, have a toddler shake his finger at you while screaming NO!, melt downs when said toddler signs milk and you give him milk, and more. The last few hours have been interesting. Wish I could drink.
We're debating between a few hours at the zoo, or going to a program at our library. That is as wild & crazy as we get these days....who am I kidding, we were never that wild & crazy to begin with.
Cleaning. And going to coldstones tomorrow. Sunday DH goes in to work as always.
More adventurous than our weekend will be!!! lol!
Oh my, Jackie. What day. Aiden will make up for it by being an amazing little man once baby #2 gets here.
I added a little extra soft tofu and the broccoli pureed really well. I think this is going to be tasty.
Our plans for the weekend include working on the yard and going to her classmate's second birthday party at the splash pad. Exciting, huh?
That was just the last 3 hours he was awake! :banghead: