Swim lessons for toddlers get doctors’ approval

(AP) — The nation’s largest pediatricians group is relaxing its stance against swimming lessons for children younger than 4. In the past, the American Academy of Pediatrics has said swim classes might give toddlers and parents a false sense of security. Now the group says it’s fine to enroll as young as 1.

A few small studies suggest toddlers may be less likely to drown if they’ve had swim lessons. The doctors aren’t recommending lessons for every young child. Some parents may feel their little ones aren’t ready and that’s OK.

Parents should choose classes that emphasize water safety and require a parent or other adult to be in the water with the child, said Connie Harvey who heads aquatics development for the American Red Cross and wasn’t involved in the doctors’ policy update.

Classes should have at least one instructor for every 10 students, she said.

The updated policy, released online Monday by the , also recommends fences around all pools, even popular inflatable ones. Kids can drown by leaning over the soft sides and falling in.

And the group warns that children can drown when their hair or hands get sucked into the drains of pools or spas without drain covers or proper filter-pump equipment.

The rate of childhood drowning deaths has declined in recent years. About 1,100 U.S. children drowned in 2006.

Parents know they should be vigilant while children swim, but trouble can occur in an instant of inattention, said Dr. Jeffrey Weiss of Phoenix Children’s Hospital and lead author of the policy.

“It’s not a lack of supervision, it’s a lapse of supervision,” Weiss said.

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Rooms in Taylor Hall available July 16-18

The DeKoven Center in Racine has overnight rooms available the weekend of July 16-18.

Most other hotels in the Racine area are booked for the Ironman 70.3 triathlon and other local events. DeKoven offers dormitory-style rooms at reasonable prices. The rooms are part of DeKoven’s 11-acre campus less than 2 miles from the triathlon’s starting line. The grounds feature picturesque gardens, lakefront views and a charming historic character.

To book a room, contact Julia Peyton at (262) 633-6401 or jpeyton@dekovencenter.org

Local newspaper celebrates Community of St. Mary’s enduring spirit

The DeKoven Center is back in the local news with a wonderful article by reporter Lee Roberts about the Sisters of St. Mary’s upcoming Silent Retreat. The article reflects on the 100-year tradition and the many helping actions of the Sisters. It highlights a reception to honor the Community of  St. Mary on June 13 from 4-6 p.m. at The DeKoven Center. The reception is free (donations appreciated) and a prayer service and dinner will follow at 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. respectively. The cost for dinner is $15.

“It is our way of saying thank you for all the years of service and inspiration the sisters have given us through their retreats, as well as a chance for everyone who had an association with them to get together and share their experiences,” said Kitty Clark, sponsored programs coordinator for the DeKoven Center and an associate of the Community of St. Mary for more than 60 years.

To RSVP for the reception, call (262) 633-6401 or send an e-mail to jpeyton@dekovencenter.org

Read The Journal Times’ full article here.

Wright & Like at DeKoven

Fans of Frank Lloyd Wright will be in Racine this weekend for the “Wright & Like” tour featuring local works of the architectural great.

The DeKoven Center, a architecturally significant landmark in its own right, will host the group for brunch on Sunday.

The tour, which runs Friday to Sunday, includes two familiar sites, Wright’s SC Johnson Administration Building and Wingspread, and a half dozen homes which are new to the tour. Those include three homes by John Randal McDonald, a home by Russell Barr Williamson in Kenosha, and two others.

Special events this year include a talk Friday night by local Wright expert Mark Hertzberg about his forthcoming book about the Wright’s Research Tower on SC Johnson’s Racine campus. Sunday morning there is a brunch and tour at the DeKoven Center (1853-76), a complex of Gothic Revival Style cream brick cottages originally built as the Racine College. It is one of the last standing 19th Century college quadrangles in the U.S.

For information and to order tickets, visit: wrightinwisconsin.org

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