The busy season for parents is here! Odds are you’re shuttling your children to different spots on the map for a large chunk of the day, and you’re feeling pretty overwhelmed by the important things that are falling through the cracks.
Among the important things that trail off in September is parents’ focus on water safety. The more complex your situation, the more details can overload your brain. Our goal is to help make water safety simpler for you. So here are some general tips for overwhelmed parents by blogger Darren Rowse, and how to apply them to making kids safer around pools.
1. Focus on what you can control.
Something that can hold you back is worrying about factors that you have little control over rather than focusing on the things you can control. So if you’re feeling overwhelmed by a project, make a list of the things that are stopping you or worrying you about the project, and then identify things on the list that you have some control over and those that you don’t.
Water Safety Application: You control how well you supervise your children around pools. Adopting a tenacity for constantly watching your kids around the water will go a long way in keeping them safe.
2. Break it down into bite-sized chunks.
The key to getting things done and not becoming paralyzed by overwhelming projects is to break them down into smaller tasks that you can achieve. Visualize small accomplishments that will start taking you in the direction you want to go.
Water Safety Application: Make a mental list of the small steps you can take. You may not have the time to become CPR certified, but you can view a 2-minute CPR refresher video online. There may not be time or resources to put your child in swim lessons, but you can get them a Coast Guard-certified lifejacket for whenever they’re around the water.
3. Start taking steps forward.
There comes a time when you just need to roll up your sleeves and start working. You can dance around a project forever and never do anything – the key is to start. Choose something you know you can achieve that will lead you naturally to the next step. You’ll find that once you start knocking off tasks, momentum will build and it’ll get easier to keep things moving. The hardest part is often taking the first step.
Water Safety Application: Start moving forward on the bite-sized steps above. Hopefully this will build momentum for starting larger projects like installing a pool fence or enrolling your child in swim lessons.