10 things you need to know before heading to the pool with your kids this summer

10 things to know before heading to the pool with your kids

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There are few things in life I enjoy more than being in or near a swimming pool with my kids. The smells, the sounds, the cool water on a hot summer day, the warm sun on my skin and the memories of my own childhood.

I am a born and raised Floridian. I grew up with a pool in my backyard and practically lived in that thing from April to October.

However, I can’t help but notice the stark differences between my pool experiences as a carefree kid and my pool experiences as a parent with responsibilities. Weird how that happens.

If you are new to this parent-pool scenario, then allow me to offer some sage tidbits of information so you are not blindsided by the whole event.

10 Things to Know Before Getting in a Pool with Your Kids

10 things you need to know before heading to the pool with your kids this summer. Sunscreen. Pool Games. Teaching kids and children how to swim. Water safety. Pool games. Pool toys. Pool floats. Swimming. Summertime with kids.

1. Wet Hair

Your hair will get wet. It will. Just get over it now. Even though you might be trying to save that hair for an event later that night or work the next day, it won’t last. Kids, for whatever reason, won’t back down until you are completely submerged under the water.

“Mommy! Get your hair wet! Go under! Go, under Mommy! No… I mean ALL the way under!”

10 things you need to know before heading to the pool with your kids this summer. Sunscreen. Pool Games. Teaching kids and children how to swim. Water safety. Pool games. Pool toys. Pool floats. Swimming. Summertime with kids.

2. Stage 5 Clinger

If you get in the pool with your kids, they will be all up on you like baby spiders clinging to the back of a mama spider. Ever seen that? They will completely neglect the 18 inflatables you graciously bought for their summer enjoyment and, instead, be dangling off of your arms, legs and neck.

“Be a dolphin, Mommy! Swim across the pool with me holding onto your hair like reigns!! Do it! Go Under! Get your hair wet! Why don’t you want to get your hair wet?!”

10 things you need to know before heading to the pool with your kids this summer. Sunscreen. Pool Games. Teaching kids and children how to swim. Water safety. Pool games. Pool toys. Pool floats. Swimming. Summertime with kids.

3. Pool Games

Choose your pool games wisely. If you teach your kids a new pool game, they will ask you to play it no less than 8 trillion times, it will never get old to them…. ever.

10 things you need to know before heading to the pool with your kids this summer. Sunscreen. Pool Games. Teaching kids and children how to swim. Water safety. Pool games. Pool toys. Pool floats. Swimming. Summertime with kids.

4. Protect your Organs

Go ahead and kiss your bladder, intestines, reproductive organs and all other body parts that sit below the belly button but above the mid-thigh goodbye. This area is now the pool “strike zone,” and has been re-purposed as their own personal diving board. (This one is especially true if you have a kid who is learning how to swim… ouch!)

10 things you need to know before heading to the pool with your kids this summer. Sunscreen. Pool Games. Teaching kids and children how to swim. Water safety. Pool games. Pool toys. Pool floats. Swimming. Summertime with kids.

5. Sunscreen Wars

You might want to start some deep breathing exercises and gentle calisthenics now to prepare for the mental, emotional and physical battle that is putting on the sunscreen. Trying to properly apply this lotion is like trying to catch a wild Alaskan salmon swimming upstream with your naked hands. Look, I am not a grizzly bear. And… reapply after 80 minutes of vigorous swimming or sweating? Thanks for the suggestion, Banana Boat, but, nah. I’m good.

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6. Sunscreen Eyes

Speaking of sunscreen, it will absolutely, 100%, without a doubt end up in someone’s eyes. Possibly yours. Even if you take the most careful and delicate of precautions, it will somehow migrate up their cheeks and down their foreheads to their eyeballs where it will wreak havoc on their poor little pupils. Enter, stage right: massive meltdown. Exit, stage left: all pool time fun. There is only one face stick I have found that keeps sensitive skin protected and little eyes free of irritation. To get it, click here.

10 things you need to know before heading to the pool with your kids this summer. Sunscreen. Pool Games. Teaching kids and children how to swim. Water safety. Pool games. Pool toys. Pool floats. Swimming. Summertime with kids.

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7. The Moving of the Bowels

Nothing motivates a child’s bowels quiet like chemically treated water. In other words, your kids will have to poop approximately 3 seconds after they get in the pool. This, of course, means that you have to rush them to the nearest potty and help them peel off their wet bathing suit which feels as if it has been vacuumed sealed to their skin like a chicken breast in a Foodsaver bag. Please keep in mind that they are dripping with a mixture of pool water, grass clippings and mud and have trailed this mess into the bathroom and onto the toilet. As for your other kids, you better hope and pray they’re strong swimmers and can be left in the pool unattended for a brief time. Otherwise, you are taking the whole crew into the bathroom with you.

10 things you need to know before heading to the pool with your kids this summer

8. Don’t Bother Tidying Up

If you bust out the pool skimmer net while your kids frolic around and are thinking of doing a little pool maintenance, think again. In their eyes, that pool skimmer is nothing but a toy. A ski-rope. A po-go stick. A merry-go-round. They will hold on for dear life while you fruitlessly attempt to get that dead frog out of the deep end.

9.) You will spend at least an hour getting ready for the pool. Donning suits, applying sunscreen, negotiating trips to the bathroom, finding lost goggles, collecting towels, snacks and water cups so you don’t have to make 37 trips back inside. And then, approximately 5 minutes after your children get into the pool, one if not all of them will declare, “I’m done.” Oh, no you are not. You are not going back inside. Over. My. Dead. Body.

10 things you need to know before heading to the pool with your kids this summer. Sunscreen. Pool Games. Teaching kids and children how to swim. Water safety. Pool games. Pool toys. Pool floats. Swimming. Summertime with kids.

10. Save your Lungs

Last, but not least, if you don’t want to spend 27 hours blowing up pool floats and if you care about the health and well-being of your lungs and if you would rather not end up passed out and face-down on the pool deck then… for the love of all that is good in this world, buy an electric air pump off of Amazon for less than $15. You’re welcome.

10 things you need to know before heading to the pool with your kids this summer. Sunscreen. Pool Games. Teaching kids and children how to swim. Water safety. Pool games. Pool toys. Pool floats. Swimming. Summertime with kids.

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16 Comments

  1. Hilary Brown

    This is great!! Way to go Katie! Keep the baby shampoo on hand for when the sunscreen gets in their eyes.

  2. Katie

    This all sooo true!๐Ÿ˜‚Iโ€™m so glad you gave it the โ€œGoโ€๐Ÿ˜€I look forward to more FlowerDonkeyDiaries๐Ÿ˜˜

  3. Diana K

    Great article for summer. I donโ€™t even try to prevent my hair from getting wet when Iโ€™m in the pool with the kids anymore. I used to but gave up. Itโ€™s more fun to go all the way under anyway.

  4. Danielle

    I absolutely love this list! It is so accurate about going to the pool with children. My son thankfully loves to swim so when we go to the pool itโ€™s usually an all day thing.

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