If there is one thing I learned about Natey’s death, it’s that, as parents, even when we do our best, even when we do everything right, tragedy can strike! Accidents, horrid accidents,with far reaching consequences, can and do happen, even when we’ve done our very best to safeguard our children.
I’ve been thinking about this a lot over the last few weeks!
How do I avoid this tragedy? What more can we do, as parents to ensure that we minimize the risk or chance of this happening and I kept coming back to the same conclusion.
In a lot of respects, we’ve been slack with Hannah. I’m convinced it’s a second child thing and I feel terrible when I think about it! Ava started swimming lessons when she was 9 months old. She’s been swimming without floaties (armbands) for years already. But Hannah…… she’s never had a single lesson!
I kept coming back to swimming lessons!
If I could do one thing extra to change the possibility of this tragedy, it would be to get Hannah confident and swimming well and teach her water safety.
We have a pool net and are religious with it. We also keep the security gates closed when the pool is open, because you just never know. But even with those precautions, accidents and oversights happen. I’m certainly NOT saying that was the case with Natey, but I replayed this tragedy over and over again in my mind and felt SO convicted that this was something we had to do for Hannah.
So she started on Saturday!
We signed her up with Aqualand and her first lesson was on Saturday. She was so flipping excited, I actually felt guilty that it’s taken us so long to do this!
She was an absolute CHAMP! Hannah never ceases to amaze me. From the timid and terrified child who was placed with us, to this confident and funny little girl. She LOVES to learn, long may this last! Learning, anything and everything and she’s the model student.
She went off and took to it like….. well, like a duck to water….
She usually hates getting her face wet, but after this exercise, she was happy to let her teacher wet her face too!
And within that half an hour lesson, she learned to swim without floaties and even how to dive!
I’m actually so angry with myself that it’s taken this long to get my A into G and get her swimming lessons. On Sunday we spent time at our pool and already, she is like a different child. She swam without floaties, with a shark fin and was doggy paddling from one side of the pool to the other! She’s NEVER done that before.
The thing is…
We can’t always avoid tragedy, but I feel we do have a responsibility to arm our children with all the skills to help themselves. We failed Hannah miserably with swimming but we’re making up for it now.
Can your kids swim? Are they water safe?