Pretty harsh, but it’s true. If your child is dead they don’t need food, water, health care, clothing or education.
This harsh truth finally upended a mental roadblock that has bothered me for several years. How to justify teaching children to swim if they are struggling for even the basics? Isn’t swimming…Continue
I’m all about innovation. Not just for the sake of creating new things, but when innovation turns conventional wisdom on it’s head with better results. Jabari fits into that category - I’m challenging ideas on when and how we involve children to keep them safe. Jabari’s mantra to parents is:
Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on June 16, 2011 at 1:59pm — No Comments
Vaccines save lives. Vaccines prevent diseases, they don’t cure them.
The concept is simple, introduce a small amount of the disease you are trying to prevent into the body and allow the body to develop natural immunities. Teach the body what to do when they encounter the disease so that they never develop…Continue
Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on June 8, 2011 at 10:54am — No Comments
Yes, you heard me correctly, water safety is not learning to swim, or at least not ‘just’ swimming lessons. Time and again when I say that we need to teach water safety to young children I see heads nodding in agreement, “Yes! All kids need swimming lessons!” True, swimming lessons are an absolutely crucial element for keeping kids safe in the water…Continue
Is drowning a problem or is it a symptom of a deeper issue? And why even debate semantics when kids keep dying?
I believe that drowning is actually a symptom - it’s what happens when we develop an adversarial relationship with water, and with children. And I believe that unless we peel back the layers and look at the root causes of why children drown we won’t create lasting change. We’re just putting band-aids on…Continue
Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on May 25, 2011 at 1:54pm — No Comments
I am participating in the International Drowning Prevention Conference in Vietnam next week. There will be over 400 participants from 50 countries gathering together to share information, to learn - and to develop a global platform regarding preventing drowning.
It is my fervent hope that this platform be…Continue
Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on May 4, 2011 at 11:28am — No Comments
Don Walsh is an extraordinary man by anyone’s definition. Mentor to Navy SEAL candidates, 3-tour Vietnam War Veteran, coach for minority women’s triathalon teams, guitarist, water safety author, husband, and father. He’s been a serious open water swimming competitor for three decades, including circling Key West (12.5 miles), Manhattan (28.5 miles)…Continue
Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on April 26, 2011 at 10:02pm — No Comments
Every week I see the same little boy, around 4, wailing through his swim lesson. Always the same routine - he enters the pool area and starts crying. He cries for 30 minutes straight, quite pathetically, and stops as soon as the towel is wrapped around him and he’s walking calmly into the locker room.
When my son was about one we were on one of those turbulent flights where you suspect even the pilot is white-knuckling it. I made one of my better parenting decisions at that moment. I looked at him and said ‘this is the fun part, where the plane goes bumpity-bump!’ And, here’s the important thing, I looked like I was enjoying myself! I did not…Continue
Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on April 13, 2011 at 11:22am — No Comments
There are so many great water safety programs out there. Won’t you take a moment to share yours?
Here is a brief, confidential survey. It only takes a few minutes to complete and you’ll receive a complimentary copy of the results later this…Continue
There is wide-spread agreement on the “ideal” ways to keep kids safe in the water. Constant supervision. Gradual, positive and repetitive exposure to water and swimming over a long period of time to gain skill and confidence. Teach all kids to swim. Keep them away from water hazards. Ensure appropriate…Continue
Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on March 23, 2011 at 10:54am — No Comments
Take a look at SwimFin - invented by Kevin Moseley in the UK. Doesn’t it look like fun? Definitely like something a kid would want to wear. Which led me to…Continue
Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on March 21, 2011 at 11:47am — No Comments
Water is a magnet for all children. It is fun. It is soothing. Water is the ultimate, non-threatening hug. As an adult, what is your reaction when you sink into a hot bath? Or sip a cool glass of water on a hot day? Aaaaaahhhhhhh. Exactly. Now magnify that attraction and that reaction by 100 and you’ll know exactly what an autistic child feels like when…Continue
Like many parents my calendar is awash in ink from scheduling activities and play dates for my children. Why do we do it? Because in a lot of areas just letting them out the front door is not the option it was for our parents. Because we want our kids to develop socially, emotionally and physically. Because we hope our child will find the sport or activity…Continue
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