Accident (noun) - 1. an undesirable or unfortunate happening that occurs unintentionally and usually results in harm, injury, damage, or loss; casualty; mishap. 2. an event that happens unexpectedly, without deliberate plan or cause.
Accidents happen every day. 1065 children accidentally drown every day. This means that roughly, 10,650 children ‘almost’ drown every day and many are permanently damaged and require lifetime care. Let’s put…Continue
Children are not small adults. Children do not have the emotional development that adults possess. (Well, some possess more, but that’s another story.) Children are continuing to develop at a rate that boggles the mind, that boggles their own small mind. And ‘children’ means birth through age 19, sometimes even 21, until the brain and the body have stopped their…Continue
Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on February 17, 2011 at 12:21pm — No Comments
I discovered a very cool app for your iPhone this week - teaching your child to swim. Check out uSwim Australia, http://www.uswim.com/ or go directly to iTunes to download the free app…Continue
Meet Neptune, the latest member of my family. We adopted 7-month old Neptune (named after the god of the sea, of course) on Saturday. He is an adorable, smart, push-the-limits and rambunctious bundle of love, not much different from the average 4-year old (which is roughly his age in people years). But, just like any young child, Neptune needs to learn about his surroundings and how to behave safely and appropriately. We seem to instinctively understand that dogs…Continue
Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on January 26, 2011 at 10:55am — No Comments
It’s looking like a loooooong time until warm weather hits here in Chicago. If you’re like me, you are trying to figure out how to keep the kids entertained during the long mostly-indoor winter months.
I’ve got two suggestions. First, print off some coloring sheets from Jabari’s web-site and have…Continue
Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on January 19, 2011 at 10:58am — No Comments
Water is everywhere. It is a source of life - only oxygen is a more immediate physical need. Water is a central theme in all of the world’s religions for its cleansing, purifying and life-giving properties. Ancient cultures around the world have deified gods…Continue
Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on January 13, 2011 at 8:22am — No Comments
Kids know how to have fun. Adults? Well, sometimes we…Continue
Children ages 2-4 are at the highest risk of drowning of any age group. And, while the drowning rates for older children are slowly decreasing, the rates for toddlers are actually increasing.
I have yet to find a study that explains why. Based on my research (and my own experience as a mom), I’d venture to say it’s because water is everywhere and it’s fun. It’s a magnet. It draws those little rascals in. At that age, kids not only don’t…Continue
Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on December 15, 2010 at 10:48am — No Comments
I had an e-mail from my friend Reese last week. While she was carrying her baby to the car, she fell and sprained her ankle badly. She screamed in pain for her mother to come take the baby and then promptly fainted when the baby was safe in her mother’s arms. It reminded me of an incident when my daughter was 4 months old. It was dinnertime, we had just moved into our house with the beautiful…Continue
Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on December 1, 2010 at 12:22pm — No Comments
Some of you have been reading my blogs over the last year or so. Maybe you’ve seen my activity on Twitter or connected with me on Facebook. First of all, I’d like to say Thank You! and I genuinely look forward to connecting with more people who share my passion. I’d like to learn more about you - people’s stories fascinate me. By now I’m guessing that more than a few of you are wondering “Why…Continue
Halloween can be a magical time for young children. The chance to be a princess, a superhero, or their favorite animal. I emphasize ‘to be’. Toddlers aren’t very good at differentiating between reality and ‘pretend’. I live in a wonderful small town, best described as ‘a great place to grow up’. This is the first year I took my kids to the infamous ‘scary’ street, where the whole street goes…Continue
Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on November 3, 2010 at 3:05pm — No Comments
The new CPR guidelines are out with all sorts of fanfare and media coverage. Great news and lots of new research and discussion over a critical tool that could save some of the 250,000 people who die of heart disease each year. But why not the same media focus on preventing the deaths in the first place? How about this little-seen article with the staggering headline: Analyses: Heart Attack…Continue
Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on October 27, 2010 at 2:50pm — No Comments
A friend and colleague in Hawaii, who is also Flotilla Commander for the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, sent me some great information about a mentoring/education program between the Coast Guard and the Cub Scouts. Cub Scouts from across the island converge for a day of water safety and water fun. The kids learn about water safety and how to send distress signals using a CD. They learn about…Continue
Times are tough for almost everyone today, but that doesn’t have to mean you can’t keep your kids out of danger. The Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act established a Grant Program to assist states in implementing new laws and regulations for pool and spa safety. Check out this site and see if you are eligible for funds to make your neighborhood pools safer.…Continue
Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on October 13, 2010 at 3:32pm — No Comments
I have a theory.
Fear paralyzes, Hope mobilizes.…
“We don’t have a pool” “We’re so busy with soccer/football/gymnastics” “It’s such a pain with the wet suits and wet hair” “It’s too expensive to join a pool or take lessons” “We’re just not a swimming family”…