If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you might have seen that I was asked to be a contributing blogger for Parents Connect, the official blog of Nicklaus Children's Hospital. I'm really excited for this opportunity because Nicklaus is such a wonderful organization that does so much for the children in the community. It's been around since 1950 and it has grown enormously even in just the past few years.
I had a chance to tour the hospital and visited their cardiac unit as well as their newest wing. The rooms are incredible and everything is state-of-the-art. And while I, like every parent, hope to never need to take my children to the hospital, it is so nice to know that such a wonderful organization exists in my own backyard.
Another thing you know about me if you follow me on social media is that Caleb has been in swimming lessons since he was a year old. His first summer we did a slow intro to swimming, and last summer we did intensive one-on-one swimming lessons with Sloan's Swim School. We recently finished building a pool in our backyard (which I will do a blog post on, too!), and as soon as the water went into the pool, Caleb went back to swimming for a refresher course. And while knowing how to swim and float is definitely at the top of my list for water safety precautions, there are also several other things that we as parents should be doing to make sure our children are safe in and around the water. This week will be full of pools and beach time for many of us, and we need to be extra conscious of our little ones in these circumstances.
"Living in South Florida, we are surrounded by water. If we don’t live near a body of water, there are pools in many backyards - our own or that of our families. Over the last few months, we completed the construction of a pool in our backyard, and as soon as that pool was filled with water, water safety was on my mind. Considering that there were more than 80 drowning deaths in South Florida last year, I want to be sure to always keep my children safe in and around the water."
Over on the Parents Connect blog, I'm talking about all the things you can do to keep your children safe, so that your family doesn't fall victim to this tragedy. Head over there to read the full blog post and find out how you can get a Water Watcher badge (and what it is).