the 11th mom you'll meet at the pool this summer

A few weeks ago, there was a fun blog circulating on Facebook talking about the 10 different moms you’ll meet at the pool (read it here). While I laughed and agreed with most of it, I couldn’t identify with any of the mom types listed. I’d like to introduce myself as the 11th mom you’ll meet at the pool: The Water Safety Mom....more

Why water safety is always important and how I can make any situation into a really awkward moment.

So this weekend I traveled for work and may have scared a fellow passenger into never flying anywhere ever again. Also, I may have outed myself as a complete loser. Fellow Passenger: Does anyone ever really listen to these instructions they give?Me: Oh, I listen every time.FP: You do?...more

...and then our hearts stopped beating. Toddler drowning happens in seconds.

So last week the four of us went over to my brother and sister-in-law's new house....more

When Water Becomes Deadly

tim40s I have no idea how you found this, that is amazing. I definitely remember you, you had a ...more


Today, summer truly begins in my house. School is ending and all 3 kids will be home by (probably) 1:15. To me, "summertime" means no strict school schedules. It means playing more. It means going to the pool. It means time for camp rather than school. It means time for fun....more

What are you afraid of?

I have a theory.Fear paralyzes.  Hope mobilizes....more

When I was 8 years old, my stepmother locked me into the bathroom with my worst fear at the time ...more

Drownings continued...

I was impressed to see so many of you read my recent entry about the two young children who drowned in California in 2007, by being left outside while the mother went inside to use the restroom.  But more importantly, it was the CPR guidelines I was happy you read about.  Knowing how to perform CPR can change the fate of a potential drowning victim in this situation.  It has been proven so many times over, as even my own son survived his plunge into the water thanks to my father's knowledge and performance of CPR....more

Lessons from the Drowning Tragedy in Louisiana: Black Kids, All Kids Need to Learn to Swim

In one way, the horror that unfolded at what was supposed to be a fun family outing in Shrevesport, Louisana was incomprehensible. Six teenagers drowned in the Red River while their families, all non-swimmers, watched helplessly from the bank, screaming for help. ...more
Thank you for shedding light on this story. It amazes me (continually) just how far reaching ...more

Prevent Drowning This Summer: It Doesn't Look Like It Does in the Movies

Drowning is almost always a deceptively quiet event. The waving, splashing, and yelling that dramatic conditioning (television) prepares us to look for, is rarely seen in real life. ...more

It is so hard to read this, but so necessary. I try averting my gaze every time I see a ...more