I’m going to say it: This is straight-up lazy parenting.
I’m about to throw an accusation at you so brace yourself.
If you don’t put your kids in swimming lessons you are selfish.
And I’m sorry, but your children are not welcome at my house.
I get that life is busy, Mums. I get that there is everything from ballet to cello to Scouts to ferry your kids to. I get that there are extra curriculum activities galore that stretch us to breaking point.
But if you are in the “swimming lessons are too hard” camp then you are putting your children’s lives in danger. And that is not on.
Summer is rapidly headed our way. Before we know it, the beach will beckon and the after-school swim will become an imperative part of the day.
It’s our lifestyle, our culture and our RESPONSIBILITY.
I am obsessed with making sure my kids can swim because we have a pool and we spend a lot of time at beaches and relatives’ homes who also have pools.
Of course ours is well-fenced and meets all the regulations, but kids can surprise you in the ways they can get in.So it shocks me to the core when I have mothers drop their children – six, seven and eight-year-olds off at my house with the casual disclaimer as they race out the door, “Oh don’t let Daisy/Edward/ Wilson swim. He doesn’t know how.”
It’s straight-up lazy parenting. It’s damn irresponsible and it could be deadly.
If you’ve got time to attend Bikram Yoga, if you have enough time to get that all-important bikini wax, if you’ve got a regular Saturday afternoon tennis game scheduled in, then you certainly have enough time to teach your damn kids to swim.
I know I sound like I am lecturing, and I am. It makes me angry that parents will fob the responsibility off to me.
Of course, I am not going to let your child in our pool gate to do what they please. You’d have to be crazy not to have a responsible adult on “pool duty”. But the fact your child can’t swim is not my problem. It is yours.
It happen, you see. Last summer a child managed to pile up a few chairs and scale the regulation glass fence of our pool. She was one of the ones who couldn’t swim.
Happily my next sentence is not going to shock you because I saw her only moments after she entered the pool area and got her out before anything happened.