24 May
Everybody Into the Pool! Except My Son!

Dear Mouthy Housewives,

My 4th grader was invited to the home of a classmate for an end-of-the-school-year party. Unfortunately, it’s a swim party and my child isn’t a very good swimmer. (He’s not scared, but not 100% comfortable, either.) Parents weren’t really invited to the party, and the thought of my child being with 20 other kids in a pool without much supervision scares me. Should I not let him go or find a way to be there, too? I don’t want to embarrass him.


Pool Party Pooper


Dear Pool Party Pooper,

Personally, I’ve never been a fan of the pool party. You get water up your nose, everything smells like chlorine and 90 percent of the time, you have a swimsuit wedgie that makes you walk like a constipated duck while you’re trying to socialize. But what do I know? I’m just the resident Mouthy Housewives curmudgeon. I’m sure most people think pool parties are frickin’ AWESOME.

Especially 4th grade boys.

Now, if your son has already expressed his nervousness about being in the water, it most likely means he’ll be extra cautious. However, if he hasn’t, you have every right to worry about him roughhousing with the other kids in the pool. Accidents happen and in my opinion, you should never, ever let your guard down in or around water.

Therefore, I suggest calling the hostess of the party and expressing your concerns. Chances are she won’t mind you hanging out at the party and will probably welcome your help. (Just play it cool while you keep an eye on your son and don’t be tempted to give him water wings or a Go, Diego, Go life jacket.) Also, if the hostess is a smart, anti-lawsuit woman, she’s probably already hired a few teenage lifeguards to be there, so that should also help ease your fears a bit.

If you haven’t already, be sure to enroll your son in a swim class at your earliest convenience because he’s going to need those skills for the rest of his life. Then take a deep breath and try to relax. Due diligence, especially in regards to pool parties, is always a good idea. But there’s no reason to let your worrying make you go off the deep end.

Good luck!

Wendi, TMH

5 Responses to “Everybody Into the Pool! Except My Son!”


Comment by wen711.

Follow your intuition.


Comment by The Flying Chalupa.

Not to suck up to the MH Curmudgeon, but this is stellar advice. Especially the part about enrolling in a swim class – such an important skill.


Comment by Petunia.

My daughter has a heart condition that means she cannot swim unsupervised by a dedicated adult. The times I have asked a party mom if I can be around (and explained why) they have been most grateful and even welcomed an extra pair of hands as the sugar levels rise from the party cakes and sweets.


Comment by Steph.

Great advice. I have hosted many pool parties and am always grateful for extra adult supervision.


Comment by Plano Mom.

I have never met a Mom that didn’t appreciate an extra pair of eyes, even if she didn’t say it out loud.

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