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June 8th, 2012, 06:46 AM
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This is an activity that sort of baffles me. I have my hands full right now, and I'm a bit terrified of what it will be like next summer when baby 4.0 is here too. So far our trips swimming with three has been a struggle. My husband doesn't know how or want to swim, so I go alone with the kids. I LOVE swimming and water sports and I want to pass on this love to my crew. But it's hard! Maybe it's because they are all still so young, and another part of the problem is the city pools around here won't let us bring floats. The kids can wear basic life jackets an that's about it. I could take them swimming at the lake to use floats, but I'm terrified they would go under and our lake is dark. If they go under, they are gone. I'd like them to swim better before we start going there.

Anyone have any pointers for juggling a bunch of kids at the pool? It's exhausting. I hope I don't have to skip it all-together next year when I have 4
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June 8th, 2012, 07:02 AM
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I use floats or life jackets and count all the time, as soon as I get done counting to 8 I start again, we go to the lake a lot. They know the drill, life jackets on all the time for the 4 and 3 year old. My 6 year old is allowed to take her's off if I'm in the water too. You can get those bathing suits with the built in floatations.
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June 8th, 2012, 07:42 AM
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I get the no flaties at the city pools. Ours don't allow either. While I think it is silly, you have to obey.

My suggestions are these:

See if there is a private pool or country club you can join. Ours is $60 a month, all year, even though we only use the pool and only go over the summer. But we can use whatever floaties or toys we want. I put my almost 3 yo in arm floaties, the almost 5 yo is in them too, but won't be for long. Everyone older can swim because of this routine over the years. I hold the 1 yo. The baby stays home with dh or the oldest kid who doesn't usually want to go. The baby will be able to come when she is a little older, but only if both dh and I are going. Otherwise she will have to wait til next summer when the 1 yo can do the arm floatie thing.

Another thought would be to bring a friend or teen to help. I don't know how old your three kids are, but is one of them big enough to swap holding the littles with you while you train with one.

Or is there a pool with a zero depth entry? Then you keep them all by you, gong on,y as deep as the little stone can handle.

I did have to take one season off when 4&5 were little because I couldn't do it, so 3 had a longer time learning to swim.

How do you live in the south and have a husband who won't go in the water? He won't even get in a pool to his waist? That would be helpful.

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June 8th, 2012, 07:57 AM
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Thanks y'all. Yeah, my husband blows my mind. His mom never really took him swimming or to do outdoors stuff. He LOVES the cold (although he's never traveled or really actually been to a cold place). I stayed in Russia for a while and never want to see snow again, lol.

I've tried looking into a few private pools around here- it's way out of our budget. Being a pastor's family at a small missional church, we are scraping by.

My oldest is 7, and she's not quite old enough to be responsible for our youngest yet. The other two are 23 months and 3. And the teens around here, are, well....let's just say I don't live in one of the best neighborhoods. We planted our church here to hopefully make some good change, but it hasn't been made in the highschool range *yet*. Last year I had a girl who lived here in exchange for typical "mommy's helper" stuff, but we won't have space for anything like that any more. Her old room has become the catch all, and overflow room for nappers who won't nap/sleepers who won't sleep. I miss having her help though, because help is hard to find!

There is a girl at church who invited us to the pool at her apartment. I'm excited to go today because she'll be able to help and they allow floats, lol. Being able to put my youngest in a toddler float (the kind with the bottom) makes a HUGE difference.
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June 8th, 2012, 09:19 AM
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Where in Atlanta are you? I have a friend who lives near stone mountain. She has 7 and her Older ones would be a great help. If they ant, maybe they know someone in the homeschool network who could.
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June 8th, 2012, 01:21 PM
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My four are seven, six, four, and almost two. I have been pleased this year that I am able to easily take all four to the pool by myself. Last year was much harder, and I really tried to go with dh or a friend. I had a friend in MS with one child who was always nice about coming along and lending a hand.

Anyway, I signed Matt and Beth up for swim lessons starting at age three. At six and seven they swim well, and I let them have free run of the pool. Carrie is four, and doesn't want to go in the deep end, so she isn't too hard to watch. And then Katy is the smallest and I stay by her side at all times.
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June 8th, 2012, 03:44 PM
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Floaties are banned at most public pools (at least the ones near me) because they are unsafe, simple as. They do not prevent a child from drowning and if a child's head goes under, arm floats do not allow for their arms to make a strong enough movement to get themselves above water again, and most small children propel up with arms, rather than legs. Other body floats hold a child in an unnatural position and if they tip forward, they cannot get back up again.

Is there any other adult who can go with you? Older cousin, aunty, uncle, grandparent?
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June 9th, 2012, 10:57 AM
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But they give you time and the ability to monitor the kids with your hands off. No, they aren't a life saving device, but I think it helps. It has been helpful to me anyway.
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June 9th, 2012, 03:48 PM
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Coming from someone who has been around pools with kids forever - arm floaties are also banned because parents put them on and think their child is safe. Then they stop paying attention to them. That's why you can't have them at our pool.
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June 9th, 2012, 07:32 PM
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I wonder if you could use something like this? It pretty much fits like arm floaties, and gives the kid more comfort and freedom, but is actually a Coast Guard approved life vest. My four year old loves hers.

Floaties | Kids life jackets | Puddle Jumpers | Stearns the Life Jacket Experts
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June 11th, 2012, 08:28 AM
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Life jackets on all the little ones, til they are old enough and able enough to swim.
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