It’s been a toasty summer and the news says it’s gonna get hotter every summer with the whole Global Warming effect. Sure makes having a pool sound nice doesn’t?
Our house came with a pool. Wasn’t on our original list but we sure do love having it. Our kids adore the pool and ask to swim every day.
For those that are considering putting in a pool here are 5 top reasons why having a pool in the summertime is great:
1. Swimming wears kids out!
Say hello to easy bedtimes, exhausted, quiet suppertimes and less laundry (all your kids wear are swimsuits!). Kids expend all that puppy-like energy hustling around in their own made-made lake diving, jumping and splashing. I love those five second droopy eyed bedtimes.
2. House stays clean(er)!
Kids outside means they are not in your house roaming from room to room tossing Cheerios and squashing raisins into couch cushions. Avoid the A/C and get the monkeys outside and into the pool!
3. Kids are cleaner
I don’t think my kids have had a bath this week with actual soap. Have a messy chocolate ice cream face? Well, you’re in your bathing suit anyways – hop in the pool!
4. Easy Parenting & Easy Playdates
Clearly, safety is the #1 concern and parents need to be wary and be on lifeguard duty. But with confidence in the water, older children don’t always need parents IN the water with them and GASP you can sit down and … have a drink! (and watch!) This freedom is new to me this year and I’m loving the new ‘sitting by the sidelines parenting’. Deep breaths and cool drinks beckon.
5. Kids don’t outgrow a pool or the fun of it
A pool gets better as they get older, can’t say that about the bikes they got this spring. Only thing, if my son keeps growing like he is, the water could be at his kneecaps when he’s a teenager but we’ll deal with that then.
The only ‘downside’ is the money spent on pool supplies, buckets of sunscreen and a beer fridge for the guests.
Who’s in for a swim at my place!?
Not to downplay the safety needed for pools, see my Water Safety Tips for Families and my other post on lifeguarding tips and how a child almost drown in my pool.