They love to splash and swim and jump into the water.
And I’ve actually gotten used to keeping an eye on three: we have our routine down.
But what makes me groan when they ask to go to the pool again is not their behavior or the stress of keeping an eye on them or even the idea of putting on a bikini… it’s other people’s kids and parents who don’t pay attention.
Now, my boys definitely aren’t perfect little angels at the pool(or anywhere else), but I stay on top of them to be sure they are following the rules.
If we had our own pool….
I wouldn’t have to worry about whose toys are whose. My boys know that if they bring toys to the pool, they are going to have to share. And that if others have toys, they aren’t allowed to play with them unless told they can. But there are kids who grab toys from mine and then throw them in the deep end when they are done playing. Or who use my kids’ toys but then have a screaming fit if one of my kids tries to use one of theirs, even though they have all of my kids’ toys and theirs are just sitting there. If we had our own pool, all the toys would be ours and any fights over them would be among my own kids and I wouldn’t have to referee.
Splashing would be okay. I teach my kids it is not okay to splash adults or little kids or to just go up to someone and splash them. But, since they are in a pool, some splashing IS going to happen. If my kids wanted to splash in their own pool, it would be okay, as they could only splash their own brothers. No more of whiny kids who splash everyone in their path and then Lord forbid someone splash them back.
Invite only. If we made the mistake of asking someone over who decided it was hilarious to repeatedly grab one of my boys by the neck and hold him under the water, we would just never invite them back, instead of worrying that that child will be at the pool the next time we go, along with his mom who doesn’t look up from her magazine the entire time.
Since my boys love the pool and it’s been so freaking hot, we continue to go. But, I continue to daydream that we’d hit the lottery so we could buy our own pool. You know, right after we bought our own house.
Are there certain places you don’t like to take your children because of other people’s children or clueless parents?