HELEN’S ANSWER: If you are at the swimming pool, you will probably continue to get wet even if you aren’t dressed for big splash.
Even when they walk by you, children are wet. Wear something that will dry fast, and sit away from the bigger kids who are making the splashes. If these splashes are bothering your smaller children, then, ask them to quit because of the danger of knocking them over in the water.
GUEST’S ANSWER: Christina Nihira, journalist and local community volunteer: As a parent, I understand about not wanting to get in the water for every pool outing. As mamas we have to worry about our hair and constant contact with that nasty chlorine right?
Kids, in contrast, find the appeal immeasurable. Pool time is the perfect way to cool off.
Water is enticing, and it’s just there begging to be splish-splashed everywhere.
To solve your dilemma, I recommend a couple of solutions. Consider changing your wardrobe when you opt not to wear your suit. Get a few active-wear shorts and T-shirts like Dry Fit that are more heat- and water-resistant if you want to sit closer to the pool’s edge.
To avoid a full-on assault, push your chair back and reposition it away from the pool edge. No doubt, you’ll still have a good visual should something happen. Get your kids to play in a different spot.
Being more direct, take the offenders aside, explain your concerns, and maybe throw in a treat for a bit of bribery to seal the deal.S