My kids have grown up with a pool in their backyard. We consider ourselves fortunate that we didn’t have to race around to all the GTA attractions to cool off in the summer months or stand in line for an hour for a thrilling ride that lasted only a minute.
Through the enforcement of strict Pool Rules, we made sure we provided our kids (and the neighbourhood kids) with a fun way to spend the afternoon.
My first rule was everything had to be done in the house before venturing outside to play. Why? It resists the temptation to return to the house unnecessarily. For example, everyone had to have eaten a light meal, used the facilities, changed into their swimsuits, slathered up with sunscreen, have towels and pool toys ready, phone in hand, etc. This includes the parents. It is absolutely crucial not to have to return to the house. Having a little housework done and a plan for snacks and dinner in place allowed me to relax and enjoy a few hours of afternoon fun with the kids.
It is also crucial to spend every minute watching the kids. No gardening or reading. I was always in the pool with them, and as they grew older, I was able to watch them from a lawnchair, but eyes have to be on the kids at all times. It’s very easy to get distracted by talking with another adult. Put limits on swim time to make it fair for all.
To get the most out of your backyard pool, here are some great safety tips from the Canadian Red Cross:
There are simple steps that families can follow to keep their backyard pools safe.
One momstown mom shares her scary experience when her child disappears under water in the pool.
For more related Water Safety Topics CLICK HERE to view the Canadian Red Cross site. With a little common sense, training and resources, you will enjoy your summer pool experience all the more.