Just wondering what you all have for pool rules. My sister thinks I'm no fun because I don't allow any jumping off the edges or ladder, obviously no diving, and I'm pretty strict about horse play (holding each other down). I have a 6 year old and a 9 year old so I want to instill good habits in the name of safety. I am always in the pool when they are, or I sit on the ladder like a lifegaurd. I don't even let my kids into the fenced area of the pool unless me or my husband are there. (I don't think the 6 year old could get into the pool without the ladder down, but you never know).
When the kids have a friend over, I make those that cannot touch the bottom with their head out of the water wear a life jacket or their parent needs to be in the pool with them, (I make my young one wear a life jacket to be fair) No matter how good of a swimmer their parent says they are.
So when it comes to having people over, we haven't invited people (other than 1 neighbor kid) yet. 1. I feel like we have sacrificed a lot and want to enjoy what we worked so hard to have. 2. We don't have a deck around the pool so someone has to be in the pool with the kids. 3. I can't watch them all and it is stressful just making sure my own are safe. 4. If I invite one family am I slighting the others by not inviting them too?
What do you do for inviting people over? If you've had your pool for awhile, have you changed having kids over as your kids got older?
We have an old neighbor who lets people swim in their pool at designated times, but they have an inground so the parents can sit on the side and watch. I just don't feel comfortable having a "party" with all the neighbors all the time. Plus how do I know how safe other people would be? It's my pool and if someone were to drown, it is my responsiblity isn't it?
Sorry if this is off topic.