Garden City Park, NY: With the summer season well under way, it is important to remember that the top cause of death in children ages 1 to 4 remains drowning.
That statistic was cited recently by Morgan Beck Miller, wife to former Olympic gold medal skier Bode Miller—and mother to 19-month-old daughter Emeline, who drowned last month after falling into a neighbor's swimming pool.
There are, of course, a number of things parents can do to help protect their young children from falling into their backyard pools—for example, one can erect a sturdy fence that surrounds the pool. As a solution, this will likely cost you several hundreds—thousands, perhaps—of dollars. Even so, a pool fence has a gate latch that still allows a child to get too close to the water's surface. What can you do then?
Well, the team at the Institutes of Achievement for Human Potential in Pennsylvania feel they have the better answer to that question—an approach that has worked remarkably well for the past 60 years.
In the book How to Teach Your Baby to Swim (Square One, $14.95 USD paperback - ISBN: 978-0-7570-0198-7), the Institutes' well-established "Gentle Revolution" approach to teaching children how to swim—when only a few months old, in fact—is shown in a clear and responsible way. Featuring a series of 160 photographs paired with detailed instructions, the book shows parents or any other responsible adults the very best way to teach a child how to dive, float, and swim. Best of all, much attention is paid to the important of a child's early introduction and immersion with water—not just above, but underwater as well.
If the story about Bode Miller's family has caused you to think more deeply about ensuring your child's safety whenever in or near large bodies of water, then How to Teach Your Baby to Swim can help you realize that goal in a way that is responsible, positive, fun, and trustworthy.