The Magical Cure for Drowning

The Magical Cure for Drowning

It's been a tragic week in North Texas, marked by multiple child drownings across our area.

In the wake of these losses, many parents are left searching for the quick fix.

As much as we like clear-cut answers to life's problems, they are rarely so simple. We parents... [more]

 
 

"No more booze for me while my kids swim!"

We were attending a holiday get-together at another family's home, and just like millions of other patriots that day, my husband and I were getting our drink on.

After months of sleepless nights, toddler tantrums and the trials of having two babies under three, we were letting off some steam with... [more]

 
 
Top 4 Mistakes Parents Make Around the Water

Top 4 Mistakes Parents Make Around the Water

An ER doctor from a children's hospital shares the top 4 mistakes parents make around the water that land children in the emergency room.

1. Watching Multiple Children
"Pools are especially dangerous when parents are trying to watch multiple children at one time. You only have one set of eyes.... [more]

 
 
Silent Danger - A Grandmother's Story

Silent Danger - A Grandmother's Story

One afternoon I was backing my car out of our garage while our three-year-old grandson was playing in the yard with my husband.

As I eased out of the garage I heard loud yelling from my husband from the corner of the house. I stopped the car immediately,... [more]

 
 
Destiny Conquers Her Fear

Destiny Conquers Her Fear

Destiny came to Lone Star Lifesavers' Learn-to-Swim Program last week terrified of the water. As it turned out, she had been having regular nightmares about drowning.

The thought of putting her face in the water sent her into uncontrollable sobs. And she clung to the side of the pool as if... [more]

 
 
Top 4 Mistakes Parents Make Around the Water

Top 4 Mistakes Parents Make Around the Water

An ER doctor from a children's hospital shares the top 4 mistakes parents make around the water that land children in the emergency room.

1. Watching Multiple Children

"Pools are especially dangerous when parents are trying to watch multiple children at one time. You only have one set of eyes. Try to... [more]

 
 

Ode to April - A Water Safety Poem

Here is a poem to welcome the spring and inaugurate Water Safety Month:

The weather is mild, and sometimes it’s storming. But our love for the water will soon be soaring.

As fun as they are, pools can be risky. Especially for kids, who find danger quite quickly.

Parents can take a few... [more]

 
 

No one regrets learning CPR

Regrets.  We all have them. My high school hairdo. A used car I bought, once. Not visiting my Grandmother more.

We all have regrets and most of us recover from them.  But, some regrets can be a game changer.

A few of us will have an opportunity... [more]

 
 
Is your babysitter in the loop?

Is your babysitter in the loop?

It’s date night. You and your spouse are looking forward to a few precious hours away from the kids, so you hire a babysitter. Obviously you tell the sitter the house rules, bed times, and what the kids can have for dinner. But did you remember to tell them the... [more]

 
 
It's closing time. Finish strong.

It's closing time. Finish strong.

In the waning days of the summer, set yourself up to be safe throughout the colder months and prepared for next swim season. Here’s what to do after you’ve shut down your pool for the year.

Get a weight-bearing pool cover

Invest in a cover for your pool that will both keep... [more]

 
 
Doomsday Prepping

Doomsday Prepping

I recently heard stories about Doomsday Preppers - the people who have a heightened concern for impending catastrophe. These families spend all their spare time, money, and thoughts preparing to survive the end of the world.

Before now, I wasn’t aware of how many different imagined scenarios could cause a family... [more]

 
 
A prescription for overwhelmed parents

A prescription for overwhelmed parents

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... [more]

 
 
What if the lifeguard fails?

What if the lifeguard fails?

Twenty-two lifeguards were on duty this last weekend when a toddler slipped beneath the surface of the lazy river at a Frisco community pool. But they weren’t able to respond in time to keep the three-year-old boy from losing consciousness.

He was eventually pulled from the water by lifeguards, given CPR,... [more]

 
 
The magical cure for drowning ...

The magical cure for drowning ...

As much as we like clear-cut answers to life’s problems, the answers are rarely simple. We parents especially love to work out a solution, check it off the list, and move on to tackle the next danger.

The risks your children face around the water offer no such silver bullet.

Supervision can... [more]

 
 
Don't let your two year old become a statistic ...

Don't let your two year old become a statistic ...

My son turned two last weekend to much fanfare. As we celebrated his young life, I knew in the back of my mind he is now among the most imperiled children in our nation.

Drowning is one of the leading killers of children in the U.S. But there is a tragic... [more]

 
 
Pool Fences

Pool Fences

 

When children are pulled from the water during a drowning incident, 2/3 of the time they're wearing regular clothes rather than a swim suit. This means their parents never expected them to be near the water.

A major realization we parents need to come to is that, inevitably,... [more]