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Would you do this?

Would you ever take your older child to the swimming pool and leave them alone there?

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Asked by Anonymous at 8:49 AM on Jun. 9, 2009 in General Parenting

Answers (12)
  • It depends how son is 14 and can swim so with a friend I would leave him there.

    Answer by Bearsjen at 8:50 AM on Jun. 9, 2009

  • I would definitely agree that age and swimming ability would be two huge factors here. It would also depend on how trustworthy your child is and how safe the area is.

    Answer by MamaApril2 at 8:54 AM on Jun. 9, 2009

  • Most pools have a rule of how old a child has to be to be there alone. If they were younger than that, no way. (Maybe its from 5 years of being a lifeguard.) Lifeguards are not sitters, there are too many kids and too little guards to think they can watch every move your kid makes.

    Answer by HolliBerry21 at 9:07 AM on Jun. 9, 2009

  • Probably...never! I had a little cousin drown in a pool. I would absolutely never. And you know even 14 year olds play rough in water, they think it's a game to dunk someone, wrestle in water, horseplay and so on.

    Answer by mamaada at 9:08 AM on Jun. 9, 2009

  • It depends on how old your child is they need some independance and should be allowed to be alone with their friends is a public place like a swimming pool.

    Answer by homealone_10 at 9:10 AM on Jun. 9, 2009

  • no

    Answer by josiesmommy00 at 9:44 AM on Jun. 9, 2009

  • Our community center pool allows children to be without parents at the pool ove the age of 12 if they can pass a deep water swimming test.

    Answer by rkoloms at 9:52 AM on Jun. 9, 2009

  • Wow our local pool rule is 8, which is how old my daughter is. We think our daughter is still too young but we will let her with a friend within the next few years.

    Answer by Debbie062008 at 10:53 AM on Jun. 9, 2009

  • I know several people who drop their 7-9yr. olds off at the pool w/ friends, but I would never do it! I think when they are teens it would be okay, but w/ my 8yr. old - no way!

    Answer by sarahmae3 at 10:59 AM on Jun. 9, 2009

  • My 17 year olds yes but not my 11 year old even though she swims like a pro

    Answer by bm2sm2 at 11:08 AM on Jun. 9, 2009

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