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Lynda Loveland: Poolside parenting pluses

Posted June 13, 2012

Lynda Loveland

Doesn’t it make you feel a little bit better when you see other kids get in trouble at the pool?

Now don’t get me wrong, I feel badly for the parents dealing with it, but it brings a little relief to my mommy soul knowing everybody else’s kids aren’t perfect. (Although some of them come pretty darn close.) I have three very energetic kids and I could use a little break from being the example of mischief and mayhem!

Occasionally my offspring will get in a tiff with other kids, but most of the time it’s with one another. They’re together at home all the time, can’t they divide and co-exist at the pool?

I’m finally at that stage where I don’t have to stay an arm’s length from my youngest so it’s such a treat to sit poolside and talk with the other moms. I think we’re all entitled to some downtime together!

I wish I was the mom from "The Incredibles." I could stretch out my arm, grab the offender and set them in a chair for a time out, all without so much as a pause in the conversation about the great book we’re all reading!

Lynda is the mom of three and co-host of Mix 101.5 WRAL-FM's Bill & Lynda in the Morning. Find her here every Thursday. Click here to like her on Facebook.

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  • thinkb4speak Jun 14, 2012

    Lynda - Kids will forever "be kids" and I totally understand how you feel a sense of pride yet guilt when someone elses kids are acting up. My oldest is now a lifeguard at the pool and I am sure she appreciates it when Parents are paying attention when their kids are at the pool. She is not there to babysit, but to keep swimmers safe. There are lots of people that seem to think that lifeguards are free babysitters. If you find a way to get those "incredibles arms" please let me know. I would pay a lot of money for those :).