Teaching Water Safety is Important Year Round

Now that summer is over and pools are being Jabari makes a splashclosed up for the fall and winter, water safety may no longer be at the top of many parents’ minds, but it should be. Drownings don’t only take place in the summer time in pools. Children can easily drown in a pool which has been covered for the season, in bathtubs, toilets, mop buckets, and nearly anywhere there is water. Water safety is a year-round concern. Did you know that drowning is the second leading cause of death in children ages 1-10 years of age? Did you also know that the vast majority of drowning cases might have been prevented if water safety measures had been in place and followed? So how can parents teach water safety to their kids and learn themselves how best to protect kids from water dangers? A couple of moms and entrepreneurs believe they have the answer.

Mentor, LLC, is working hard to keep kids safe in the water. Founders, Kerry Grier and Rebecca Wear Robinson are seeking to promote water safety by “working with grass roots and national organizations, we seek to bring about social change through education and information presented in a fun, memorable and relatable manner. We believe by teaching water safety to children at a young age, the basic principles will become ingrained – and through time, the number of water-related accidents and deaths will decrease. We’re donating 10% of our sales to local and global organizations in an effort to help build programs that teach water safety and swimming to at-risk kids. It’s the first step of many as we expand globally to help keep our children safe in the water.”

One way Grier and Robinson are promoting water safety is through a new book, Jabari Makes a Splash. They say, “Through the adventures of a lovable lion cub named Jabari and his menagerie of friends, children will learn how to have fun in the water – safely.” Jabari Makes a Splash is aimed at children ages two to four. Jabari will also be featured in future water safety books and DVDs designed to entertain and educate kids up to age 10 and their parents about how to stay safe in and around water all year long.

You can find out more about the book and other resources offered by Mentor, LLC, by visiting their website at https://www.jabariofthewater.com.. You can also hear more about the program and the book by listening to Rebecca Wear Robinson’s interview on the October 18, 2010 episode of the Ask MomRN Show

About the Author

Tamara Walker, R.N., aka “MomRN”, is the mom of two teenagers, a registered nurse, a child safety expert and instructor, and host of the “Ask MomRN Show”. Her passions are to help parents as they navigate the journey through parenthood and to protect children of all ages. Her websites are http://www.MomRN.com and http://www.blogtalkradio.com/FlyLady. MomRN has been a member of the PedSafe Expert team


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