Category Archives: Parenting

Back.

After a forced vacation from blogging. Thanks to that great virus that going around, and before that, let’s give a huge shout out to the not-so-wonderful family who sent their 11-year old daughter down to Franklin Pool after hours (no lifeguard) on her own with one sibling and two other young kids (ages 4 to 8?) to swim in the deep end of the pool on their own. Yeah, I know. 1. it’s illegal in the State of California for anyone under the age of 14 to babysit particularly in an area that requires adult supervision for safety, and 2., the Alameda Swimming Pool Association membership rules REQUIRE a lifeguard- and CPR-certified adult to be present if/when any kids are in any of the pools….  Tell THAT to her parents.

The parents refused APD mediation to talk with me….I guess the parents would have preferred I asked the police to arrest their child for assault? Why did I ask for mediation? The kid’s ELEVEN and she was out of control. … Continue reading