Parenting, What's On Our Mind

The mum of this little girl had a son who drowned, so she was determined to teach her daughter how to swim early

Stacey by Stacey
May 9th, 2016

I spend most of my life worrying about the safety of my kids…of course the REAL worry peaks at bed time when my head finally hits the pillow. It is incredibly bad timing because it usually leads to me having awful visions of my sons lying face down in the pool and I’m too late to help them. That’s normal right? That constant sense of paranoia about losing your children? Please tell me I’m not alone.

From the minute my kids turned six months old they were in the pool having lessons. It was uncomfortable at times watching them gasp for breath and go under a little longer than they were comfortable with, but my now four year old is a strong little swimmer. I feel confident with him in the water and my two year old is not far behind him.

When I saw this article about Keri Morrison being absolutely slammed for posting a video of her 6-month-old daughter Josie trying to stay afloat in the water I knew I had to write about it.

Firstly, Keri lost her son Jake in a tragic drowning accident in 2013 when he was just two. Naturally she is trying to teach her daughter how to swim early. The video which is filmed in the US sparked serious outrage online with people saying it’s too difficult to watch.

One Facebook user wrote on Keri’s page, “Mixed emotions! Good to teach young ones yes, but so upsetting watching her struggle, and clearly not like it! I understand this may save her life, but so will pool alarms, baby gates, supervision etc…I don’t even know how I feel about this video other than; sad! All I wanted to do was pick her up and comfort her!”

On YouTube someone wrote, “this is shitty, the baby could of fricken died. you guys need to go to fucken hell.”

Keri responded with, “To me, I’m protecting her and that is what a mother is supposed to do protect her. I feel like I failed my son and I’m not going to fail my daughters. One of the things I struggle with the most is that my son fell in the water not knowing what to do.”

To be honest, I don’t find this video hard to watch at all. I find it incredible that this little girl knows what to do when she falls in the water. To me, she’s not struggling. She is saving her own life. Sometimes preparing our kids for life is uncomfortable to watch. But if we don’t do it, how will they know how to survive in any situation?

How old were you when you learnt to swim? Do you think this is a good age?