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The Best Gift You Can Give Your Kiddos

Parenting is hard. We face innumerable decisions every day. Often, what our children want and what we know is best comes into conflict, and a conflicted parent is a scared parent. Making the wrong decision could be damaging in ways we don’t even know. Man, this stuff is hard! At least it is for me.

I want to have great relationships with my kids, but I know that I have more life experience and wisdom than they do when it comes to making decisions. So, when push comes to shove, I pull out the “Mommy Card”.

What the Mommy Card means is “I love you, but you don’t get to make this particular decision”. The Mommy (or Daddy) Card is important for our family because it ends the discussion. At my house, not everything is up for discussion. When my children were small, sometimes they didn’t want to sit in their car seat. That was a Mommy Card decision. Running into the street to chase a ball is a Mommy Card decision. These are cut and dry examples – no internal mommy conflict with these because they impact safety and well-being.

What does this have to do with swimming? A lot. Every day, I hear parents ask children if they want to learn to swim. I don’t know how a three, four or five year old can make that decision. And why would a safety skill and life skill be made to seem optional when truly, every person must learn to swim to be protected from the risks that come with being in and around water?

Learning to swim well is a decision we make for our children to protect them and keep them out of harm’s way. Children should not be decision makers when it comes to matters of safety and well-being.

I share my Mommy Card philosophy because I know some decisions aren’t cut and dry. I want to support all the great parents that work every day to be the best they possibly can. As the parent of a child with severe ADHD, support from other parents has been empowering for me and my husband. So be empowered, parents! I know how hard it is, but use your Mommy (or Daddy) Card and decide, with love, on behalf of your children. Keep them safer around water and ensure that they learn how to swim.

January 12, 2014 at 2:08 pm Leave a comment

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