May 28th, 2009

Time to Sign Kids Up for Swimming Lessons!

School is out or going to be out soon for much of the country. Summer’s almost here.

Have you signed up your kids for swimming lessons yet?

I consider swimming lessons one of the most important activities you can sign your kids up for. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have a pool and don’t live near an ocean, lake or river. I just think it’s important that kids know how to swim.

For one, they may have friends who have a pool. If not now, then later in life.

You could also at some point move into a home with a pool or near the ocean, a lake or river where your family might want to go swimming.

Or your kids could just finally convince you that it’s time to go to the city pool.

I’ll be the first to admit that swimming lessons in the early days do not give me peace of mind. Far from it. They make me worry more!

When kids first learn to swim just a little bit, they’re overconfident. I feel that this makes them more at risk. They swim into deeper water and may be more inclined to try a pool out without supervision. But it’s necessary so that they can learn to be stronger swimmers and cut the risk down.

We have rules about swimming in my family. While we do not have a pool, my inlaws do.

Rule #1: Children are not allowed in the pool without an adult. Not even a toe or fingertip.

Rule #2: Children will obey the adults supervising them in the pool.

Rule #3: There will always be at least one adult whose sole job is to watch the kids in the pool. One adult per child is better, with each adult assigned to a particular child.

Rule #4: Children will obey their swimming instructors during swimming class.

Rule #5: No running near the pool.

My kids know that if they break a pool rule, they will not be allowed to go swimming the rest of that day and likely not the next time everyone else goes swimming.

You may also want to check out PoolSafety.gov, even if you don’t own a swimming pool.

If your kids aren’t in swimming lessons yet and are not strong swimmers, get them signed up. Lessons at community and city pools are generally more affordable than private lessons, of course, but they also fill up quickly in the lower levels. Check your city’s website to see what’s available in your area.

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May 10th, 2008

We've Still Got That Spark

We had a lot of fun today. Went to the school playground after dinner and all just played.

And discovered that my husband and I still have that spark.

OK, so the spark was static electricity. You combine dry air with the usual plastic playground equipment, and you can give some pretty good shocks after going down the slide. We had a lot of fun either tapping the person at the bottom of the slide or kissing each time.

Got some pretty good shocks that way, which is of course what started the spark jokes.

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November 19th, 2007

Taking the Time for Family and Holidays

With the holidays approaching, I’m feeling more and more of that old conflict – work vs. family time. Sometimes it’s really hard to decide to take some time off.

This weekend, I chose the time off and it was fun. A few hours at Sea World, a few hours figuring out outdoor Christmas decorations. All in all, it was a fun day.

But as the obligations and events pile up, it gets hard to not wish for more work time. How do you balance family and holiday and work time when you work at home?

This is harder for people who work at home than for people who work outside the home, because our work is often not as well understood.

Sometimes the answer is to just take the time off. Time for family, including extended family, is important. One of the benefits of working at home is that you can do that when you want to.

But you can’t overdo it. Going so far as to neglect your home business isn’t a good plan. Finding a balance that works for the holiday season is important.

A lot of this depends on the kind of work you do at home. If you get a lot of holiday business or your workload otherwise increases during the holidays, you’re going to have to keep to a stricter schedule than you would if your workload decreases during the holidays.

Family time isn’t necessarily relaxing, nor are the holidays. But even when it’s draining, there’s something about taking time to enjoy the holidays with the people you care about that really helps in the long run.

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June 2nd, 2007

Great Videos for Kids

In some ways, our kids do not have a classic children’s video selection. Sure, there are the standard Disney movies. My daughter is just as much in love with the Disney Princesses as most girls her age. But we don’t have videos from their favorite shows. Instead, we have some that I think are a lot better.

A current favorite of my daughter’s is Faerie Tale Theatre. You’ll recognize a lot of the actors on this show – Robin Williams, Christopher Reeve, Susan Sarandon, Liza Minnelli and of course Shelley Duvall, who created the show.

She also loves watching The Muppet Show. We have season one on DVD. The way she reacts to The Muppet Show tells me a lot about what’s wrong with a lot of children’s television these days. They focus so much on counting as educational that children never get to laugh when they watch them. Ariel always laughs at the Muppets. Read the rest of this entry »

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November 4th, 2006

Kids and Birthday Presents

We’re heading out to a cousin’s birthday party today. It’s for a one year old girl, and shopping for her present the other day got me thinking about kids and birthday presents.

First of all, it can be hard shopping for someone else’s kid, especially when you know it’s the second child and they already have tons of toys. I’m no fan of clutter, despite its constant presence in my life, and I don’t expect other parents to like it any better.

We finally chose a stuffed animal as a gift (don’t worry, a one year old can’t read this blog, and I don’t believe her parents do either, even if they had time today). Kept in the trunk of my car so that my kids wouldn’t see it, especially my son. You know how fast a 20 month old can fall in love with a stuffed animal!

It’s so hard for young children to understand about birthday presents. All they see is a toy they’d like to play with but can’t have for some unknown reason. Giving a toy to another child is pretty foreign to young children.

Now I need to figure out if one of my gift bags is big enough for this thing. Otherwise I have to risk bringing it into the house to wrap it.

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