Preschooler Water Safety

With temperatures in the 100 degree range, my mind immediately and excitedly races to the idea of hitting the swimming pool. I mean I love to swim and hope that my little guy will to. But, with the desire for him to develop a similar passion does come a fair amount of fear. Recently, a young child lost his life to the dangers of the water. So, to ease my worries I recently enrolled my son in swimming lessons at a local center. With hopeful anticipation I then began scouting out all open swim times in the area. In case you are like me don’t forget the following water safety tips, let’s work together to keep are little’s safe:

  • Always keep your eyes on your kiddo, accidents happen quickly and you want to be able to act fast. For kiddos under the age of 14 drowning is on the most common cause of death list. A child can drown in less than 2 minutes if their head goes under water.
  • Always do a quick foot dip test; this will allow you to asses the water temperature before you dive in. Extreme water temps can shock your body. A slow descent is sometimes best with a little one.
  • If possible swim with a buddy or two; the more hands and eyes on the kiddos the better.
  • Use flotation devices, not only will this give you child a sense of independence and added fun but will free you up to swim a few strokes hands free.
  • Remind the little ones to walk and not run, areas around the pool are very slippery.
  • Keep food to outside the pool, you don’t want to choke or facilitate a messy clean up.

Remember, these are just a few ideas to keep in mind. Your parental intuition is your best guide, don’t second guess it!

Most importantly, have fun with your little and enjoy this fleeting moment with them while you can. I plan to!

As always don’t forget to be the sweet in someone’s day. BSM

 

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Moutain

Well, it’s me and I’m back.

Like the words state in the tips for writing in response to the Daily Post, it has been 2 years since I have blogged and today I got the itch. So I sat at my computer, logged on (after I forgot my password of course) stared at the blank page and my mind began racing. What do I write? Where do I begin? So many thoughts? Hmmm… then I see the Daily Prompt. Write from the word Mountain. Mountain – really.!? Ok, why not…So here goes!

The last time I blogged my son was a teething 18 month old; now folks my precious baby is 3 years old. (Yes I know, it has been two years people.) Where did the time go and why is going at all? As time as passes with him, each day presents a new adventure to behold. And I love adventure! Now with this adventure comes developmental stages. Things like, potty training and the loved terrible 2’s. But this year we have now entered in to a new phase – The Questioning Stage, and from what I hear if your lucky it never stops. Everything and I do mean everything is followed with a question, as my son tries to figure out and organize his world.

Yesterday, we were at the grocery store and as soon we walk in I see a bin full of books. Being a Mom of a curious three-year old and an educator I immediately go to this bin. Right on top is the absolutely most perfect book, Cars in 3D with glasses and a projector. Wow, I think he will love this as Cars is his favorite movie of all time. I proudly present him with the book, he yells in glee and grabs the book and says, “For me, I want this book Mommy.” I joyously say, “Anything for you”. I quickly whip around the grocery store and gather our items and head home. Before, I can get the groceries put away my child grabs the book and tears into it. Now, you are thinking that’s awesome and in all reality it was, but…then, I was hit with a million plus 2 questions. And the phrase, give me a second, to a three-year is like a foreign language. After throwing items into the cabinets and refrigerator. I turn to my son and the book, I proudly gave him, snuggle up on the sofa, and begin reading. After the first page we see a picture of two cars racing, “What’s that” “A Mountain”, “Mountain, Mountain, what’s that”… As I proceeded to formulate and give a beautiful definition about land formations; I look at my son who is trying to put on the 3D glasses that are too big for his face, balance his side of the book on his lap and looking at me, and I say “A big rock” “A big rock, humph, Mountain” I just smile and think thank you son for reminding me that even in the hustle and bustle of the day sometimes it is best to sit down and keep it simple for in these moments you will find happiness and your reason to smile. “A big rock”. As always remember to be the sweet in someone’s day.

 

 

I Choose You

I am so in love with my son it is crazy! I was talking with my Mom as I was driving home from bowling with friends the other night; and we were commenting on how fast he is growing, the milestones he was reaching and how he has totally reenergized my life. As the conversation was progressing and we were reflecting and laughing, my Mom said, “You couldn’t imagine your life without him.” I thought and said, “No, I can imagine my life – more sleep, clean house, free time, yes I can imagine it.” I laughed. I then continued, “But, you know what Mom, it is not a reality that I would chose, any day of the week. At all times I chose him.” Yes, my life could be on easy street right now, but I don’t want it, I am so in love with my son, the lack of sleep, messy house and constant cartoon playing is minimal payment for the joy he brings to my soul. He makes me happy. If ever asked, my answer will always and forever be “I choose you, my son!”

Best Part Of My Day

Friday evening I was gifted with a wonderful opportunity to go to a local concert and check out some great music. Now, it has been a while since I have just gotten dressed up and went out for a night on the town. So, I was shockingly giddy. I went to the local venue feeling like a million bucks had an amazing time as I swayed to music and let my cares melt away. I thought to myself “Wow, I really see that I should get out more often, I felt refreshed. Me time is a good thing.” After the concert, I was on an emotional high and I zoomed to  picked up my son from the sitter and headed home. Once home I prepared myself for bed and was feeling great so I snuggled up to my baby who was fast asleep and in that moment, that moment I was totally happy. It was a feeling that I know I have felt before but in the bustle of the day I have never really labeled it. But as I lay next to my precious son who was so safely tucked in my arms I was happy and that then became the best part of the my evening.  My son is the best part of day! Don’t forget to be the sweet in someone’s day. BSM