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What safety rules should I teach my kids about swimming?

Kids should be made aware of the following rules when swimming:

  • Never run near a swimming pool.
  • Never push others or jump on others around water.
  • Never swim alone.
  • Jump in water feet first rather than headfirst if water is shallow (5 to 6 feet or less).
  • If you believe you are in trouble, immediately call or wave for help.
  • Follow pool regulations and lifeguard directions.

From Good Kids, Bad Habits: The RealAge Guide to Raising Healthy Children by Jennifer Trachtenberg.

Good Kids, Bad Habits: The RealAge Guide to Raising Healthy Children

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