I come from a small town in Idaho. We have plenty of lakes and rivers we like to swim in, but I grew up with a local pool as well. You went in, paid a fee to swim for the day, and that was it. Now that I live in Delaware, things are way different. You join a club here. Some have bonds you pay and some don’t. My husband has been asking me for years if we should join the pool. We have a bond at the pool his family belongs to and then there’s the fee to swim for your family.
Every year I have told him I didn’t want to join a pool. Joey always had extended school year, which meant he went to school another 9 weeks; and then he had ABA summer camp. Our schedules in the Summer were busy with just those two things, it just didn’t make sense to me to join a pool. This year we don’t have extended school year, just ABA camp in the morning. He needs to have some kind of routine and this is perfect for him. His ABA camp is more or less a social skills therapy for him which is where he struggles the most. So, he will have camp in the morning and we will then go to the pool in the afternoon. I am actually really excited for this Summer!!
As an adult, what does the pool mean? It means your kids swim all day or play at the pool playground. Hopefully this will also mean my kids will sleep through the night. My kids don’t swim yet, but put a life jacket on them and they are good to go. The pool we go to will include other mom’s that I know. This means so many eyes on so many kids. If I have to leave my daughter to go pick up my son from camp, she can stay and swim while I run out. My sister in law will be there along with some of my other friends who treat my kids as their own.
I will get to be around other adults, my kids won’t be sitting in front of an iPad or TV, and they will be socializing with other kids. Yes, I get that it won’t be perfect. The kids will fight and I’m expecting whining. But, what I’m most excited about, my kids getting around other kids. Watching Joey make friends with “typical” kids, and Katelyn can thrive in her speech. They will grow to be a little more independent. Learn how to play and their imaginations will grow. It will be so much fun watching their little brains at work.
Stay tuned, this month we will be talking about everything Summer. How to protect your skin, yummy Summer foods, and how to protect yourself and kiddos from nasty Summer pests naturally.