Ex-Extracurriculars

Parenting Lesson #5,426:  Just because your kids are the right age to participate in extracurriculars doesn’t mean they are ready to participate. ******* This was a big year for our family.  Bean turned three, which meant that he was now able to play any and every sport offered at our local YMCA.  Chris and I were pumped.  We had our sideline chairs polished up and read to go.  This was also the year that both kids were enrolled in Safe Start infant survival swimming lessons.  I was totally ready for…

Read More

Grace Under Fire

There are few things in this world that I love more than a fiery woman. Give me a big attitude, an independent mind and a free spirit, and I’ll be your friend for life. In fact, very few women in my life are passive or even shy. I am drawn to women who lead and who inspire and who bring something to every table they approach. Which is why I am so proud that Gracie Girl is my daughter. Good Lord, how I love that baby. She drives every nerve…

Read More

Safe Start/ISR Classes, Week Four

The kids are in week four of their Safe Start infant survival swimming lessons. Before we started classes, I scoured the internet for videos and articles on the program, just to see what to expect. But seeing it happen with your own kids is really incredible. It has been two totally different processes with the kids, which I appreciate. I didn’t realize they would tailor the program to each child’s preferences and needs. Of course, the idea is that they can float and/or swim, should they ever fall in water…

Read More

Safe Start: Week One

Since we moved to Florida, I have wanted Bean (and then Gracie) to take Safe Start swimming lessons. Well, they aren’t actually swimming lessons, per se. They are called infant survival research (ISR). In these classes, infants all the way up to four year olds are taught how to survive if they accidentally fall in the water. These classes are somewhat controversial because the method of teaching them is really tough on parents and babies alike. It’s not for all families, but I was adamant about it. Having a pool…

Read More