This post is a really hard post for me.
In fact I hate even putting the word "drowning" on my blog.
So I would kindly ask for no mean comments or judgements please.
I have thought about this post for weeks on end now.
I have seen so many reports of drownings and near drownings in the news lately.
Each one breaks my heart more and more.
As the weather is getting warmer and warmer these accidents are everywhere and all too common.
So I want to post this in hopes that I may reach out and help even just one person.
I have seen this article circulating for some time now.
I've read it many times. Along with others.
It truly breaks my heart, thinking of my son Miles going through the terrible ordeal described.
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Mark and I are parents that are always with and watching our children closely.
Maybe you could call us helicopter parents a little.
But Miles too was always by our side.
He didn't like to leave our sight.
That's why we cannot make sense of his accident.
With that being said I can attest that this tragedy of drowning and near drownings (as in Miles' case) can happen to ANYONE!
I can also attest to the truths in this article.
We were less than 10 feet away from Miles.
There were no sounds, no splashing, no crying out for help. Nothing.
I've often wondered if I wasn't in tune to the spirit enough to know something was wrong.
The spirit never whispered anything to me in that moment.
My mommy gut failed me as it never clued me into anything.
I truly thought my son was under the supervision of an adult.
You can and should never assume!
Along with this article I also want to stress the importance of false security in floatation devices.
I will never allow the floatation devices called noodles in my home or to be used by my children!
I hate seeing them all over in stores right now. They make me sick to my stomach!
They are a false sense of security and are more dangerous than anything.
In fact I have read that many public swimming pools prohibit the use of noodles due to the false sense of security for children and the parents and the dangers associated with them.
Please if you are reading this I ask you to use the utmost extreme caution when swimming with your children this summer and always.
NEVER assume anything!
Leave all distractions, i.e. phones, computers, ipads and so forth, away while with your children and water.
Even watch conversations with other adults as they are just as distracting. I attest to this myself.
Please consider letting your children play in water just as dangerous as letting them play with power tools, sharp objects and even being around vehicles.
Water is dangerous and needs to be approached as such.
I know the water is fun, refreshing and a huge part of summer.
But please I beg you pay close attention to your children when around water!
I would hate for any of you to experience this painful journey that our family is now on!
Watch those beautiful children carefully!