I am. Why just last week, while picking up school supplies for my kids, I expressed eagerness that school is starting soon. Judging from the shocked looks on the other mom’s faces I might as well have said I hate my kids and am miserable being around them. (For the record, I love them intensely, but after 12 weeks we are ALL ready for school to start!) And the list…Continue
Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on August 29, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments
I was reminded time and again this week of why I like kids. That is not to say that I would ever return to middle school, even on pain of death. That is not to say that I think kids should rule the world and parents and adults should not be making the tough decisions and sticking with them. It is to say that if we listen to our kids it can be a good reminder of the…Continue
Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on February 8, 2012 at 10:13am — No Comments
There are two types of drowning. There is drowning in a high-income country and there is drowning in a low-income country. The source is the same. Unintentional submersion in water resulting in asphyxia caused by a liquid entering the lungs. The end result is the same. Death, and if not death than permanent injury. The emotional toll is the…Continue
Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on January 11, 2012 at 12:03pm — No Comments
My son spotted the t-shirt on the attached photo at the Shedd Aquarium gift shop last weekend. It cracks me up every time I look at it. It is reminiscent of Gary Larson’s brilliant Far Side cartoons that routinely turned our perceptions upside down with hilarious results. We often think of how we are affected by the world around us, but how often…Continue
Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on January 4, 2012 at 11:55am — No Comments
I believe that we in the drowning prevention field need to share information and resources more efficiently and effectively. I believe we must begin to videotape conference presentations and post them to YouTube so a wider range of people can benefit from the knowledge.
I can hear the arguments already, so let’s address…Continue
The scene in the locker room was all too familiar. Mothers with a variation of determined, frazzled, happy or ‘I’m just about to blow’ looks on their face wrestling pudgy toddler arms into winter coats and trying to maneuver feet into boots while the same oblivious child is determined to explore the lockers, the inside of their nose, or those tantalizing crumbs left by…Continue
Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on December 14, 2011 at 10:45am — No Comments
There are wonderful theories about how we should end drowning. Everyone should have one-on-one swim lessons with a qualified instructor. Every pool should be fenced. Every potentially dangerous body of water should be fenced with warning signs that the public obeys. Parents should supervise their children at all times near water. Approved lifejackets should…Continue
Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on November 23, 2011 at 11:33am — No Comments
Social media can be a powerful tool or a destructive influence. We all know that well-chosen words can elevate or decimate, but we also know that time heals all wounds and being able to forget words, or at least add a rosy hue to the memory, can be a blessing.
Social media and the internet have changed that. Once it’s…Continue
Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on November 10, 2011 at 11:53am — No Comments
Natural disasters like flooding and tsunamis. Unsafe environments like overloaded ferries or rickety boats. Over-estimating skill and under-estimating the power of unfamiliar water. Alcohol-induced poor judgement. Lack of swimming ability.…Continue
Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on November 2, 2011 at 12:35pm — No Comments
Do you remember your baby’s first bath? My children are 8 and 10 now and I still vividly recall the slightly concerned frown when they were first carefully lowered into the baby bath, which quickly dissolved into sheer bliss. Just was exciting was the day they discovered that they had power over the water. If you hit water with your fist it splashes!…Continue
For many years, conventional wisdom has held that blacks can not swim. (I use the term ‘black’ to apply to anyone of African descent. The term is meant with respect to encompass the broad range of cultures descending from the African continent) A widely discredited academic report years ago stated that the physiology of a black person leads to their sinking…Continue
Hannah Plint drowned on October 4, 2007, just shy of her third birthday.
Joshua Collingsworth drowned on June 4, 2008, age 2 1/2.
Stewie Leonard drowned on January 1, 1989, age 21 months.
An estimated 600,000 children drown…Continue
Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on October 4, 2011 at 12:50pm — No Comments
Death intruded into my life twice last week. Shockingly. Wrenchingly. Unexpectedly.
All deaths are not equal. The impact is not equal. As I grieve the loss of a family member, someone I have known my whole life, I have a visceral feeling that part of my family’s roots have been torn up too early, violently. It is a…Continue
According to the CDC, childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years, up to 20% of children ages 6-11 in the U.S. It used to be that Americans were the global joke…Continue
Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on September 21, 2011 at 11:15am — No Comments
One child drowns every minute.
Drowning is the leading cause of death for children ages 1-4 globally.
Drowning is entirely preventable - so why aren’t we preventing it?
I’ve been working on the issue for four years now and…Continue
Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on September 14, 2011 at 10:45am — No Comments
The Florida chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics spearheaded an innovative initiative. They write prescriptions for water safety and swimming classes for infants and toddlers. The result? Safer children and more aware parents.
The concept is simple. Parents look to, and trust, their child’s doctor to keep…Continue
Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on September 7, 2011 at 12:20pm — No Comments
Hurricane Irene blasted the East Coast of the U.S. last week. Millions of dollars of damage, widespread power outages, and so far 40 deaths reported across seven states. Why did so many people die? With any natural disaster some tragic accidents occur. An 11-year old boy was killed when a tree fell through the roof of his…Continue
Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on August 31, 2011 at 8:10am — No Comments
In Chicago we are nearing the end of a summer season of the most violent and unpredictable weather that I have seen in almost 48 years. Half a dozen times in two months we’ve gone from some rather benign gray clouds to tornado-force winds and torrential rain within a matter of minutes. The summer sound of cicadas screeching has been drowned out by the…Continue
Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on August 24, 2011 at 9:39am — No Comments
In Chicago we are nearing the end of a summer season of the most violent and unpredictable weather that I have seen in almost 48 years. Half a dozen times in two months we’ve gone from some rather benign gray clouds to tornado-force winds and torrential rain within a matter of minutes. The summer sound of cicadas screeching has been drowned out by the buzz of…Continue
Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on August 17, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments
Ryan Lochte beat Michael Phelps in a race. Pretty amazing just as a physical accomplishment, but even more exciting from my point of view, he’s very cool. As in getting loads of endorsements, has ‘the look’, and the kind of ‘grooves to his own drummer’ cool that kids will respond to. There was a great article in the…Continue
Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on August 10, 2011 at 12:11pm — No Comments