Did you see the headlines last week that there’s no proof mermaids (a.k.a. aquatic humanoids) ever existed? This rather shocking news came from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) – the folks who monitor fairly important things such as hurricanes. Since they are experts in everything to do with the ocean, we’ll have to take their word for it.

girl swimmingThis may come as a bit of a blow to some, but we don’t think you should break the bad news to your kids or anyone else who believes in mermaids and other mythical creatures. In fact, why not encourage your little ones to play like mermaids and get comfortable in the water.

Contrary to popular belief, kids aren’t born swimmers. It’s a skill they need to learn and practice in a safe and controlled environment such as a Red Cross swim program. Unlike sea creatures, kids don’t instinctively learn to swim from being thrown in the water!

While we’re debunking myths, knowing how to swim isn’t a safeguard against drowning incidents. Children can be impulsive and need active adult supervision when around pools, lakes, rivers and at the beach.

And don’t forget to outfit your little mermaid with appropriate gear including a lifejacket.