Summer is in full swing, which means fall must be a week or so away.
Between summer school, camps, baseball and golf, it flies by.
And of course swimming.
I am the fearless leader of a swimming family. I started swimming in junior high when my mother would take me to the local Y for her workouts. I kept it up in high school as a training method for other sports (I hate running) and have been at it ever since.
As for my kids, the first question at the doctor's office was, "When can I get them in the pool?"
Swimming is a great family activity for three reasons:
1) It's fun for everyone at any age. There are two types of families: 1) park families and, 2) pool familes. The two rarely merge.
We swim as a family year round, especially on vacation. When choosing a hotel I only have two criteria: free breakfast and a pool. And I'd take a water park over a roller coaster and mouse ears any day.
2) It's something you can do for life. My Dad encouraged me to learn a sport that doesn't involve shoulder pads, helmets and weighing as much as possible. Swimming is a great way to exercise every muscle in your body; and it's nearly impossible to get injured.
3) Swimming is a life skill. I am saddened to read that ten children have drowned in Chicago since June 14th. Our city has a great lakefront and public pool system; if I ever had the "keys" to youth programming I would invest in kids swimming lessons and teams.
Teach your kids to swim. It's fun, great exercise and can save lives.