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12-Year-Old Girl Dies by Suicide After Being Relentlessly Bullied and Harassed at School

After facing relentless bullying and harassment over the past school year, 12-year-old Flora Martinez ended her life on May 7. Now, her parents are demanding change from schools and administrators after the bullying persisted, even once she was gone.

One Year After 26-Year-Old Wife Dies of Cancer, Husband Finds Redeeming Love After Loss With Young Widow

After his wife Maddy died of cancer at just 26 years old, Chandler David Smith was left grieving an unimaginable loss and navigating what it looked like to be a single dad. In his grief, he found new and beautiful love with a young widow and mother of three.

Florida ‘Safe Haven’ Baby Graduates High School, Reunites With Firefighters Who Received Her 18 Years Ago

Eighteen years ago, when she was just one day old, a baby named Colleen was surrendered at a “Safe Haven” box in Clermont, Florida. Now, as she successfully graduates high school, Colleen is reuniting with the firefighters who were with her on that fateful day 18 years ago.

Experts Warn Parents: Don’t Let Your Child Wear This Swimsuit Color

Allow me to confess something: there were many years as a mom where the level of thought I put into my kids’ swimsuit choices was: “Let’s see what’s in the hand-me-down bag from cousins that might fit.” I rarely thought more about my kiddos’ swimsuits than that. Would it stay on? Great. Did it cover them well? Super. That was pretty much it.

Now, I know that when it comes to swimming safety, swimsuit color is actually a huge factor! Once I learned that, I at least started buying my kids neon-colored rash guards to go with those hand-me-down swimsuits to make them more visible in the pool. Veteran lifeguard Wyatt Werneth, a public spokesperson for the American Lifeguard Association, recently went on the TODAY show to spread the word about the safest swimsuit colors for your kiddos best pool visibility, and just as important, what colors to avoid.

“Never wear a blue swimsuit — bright colors are always best,” he says. “Putting your kids in a bright color would help us identify in a crowd. Blue blends in with the water, making them harder to see.”

Why Swimsuit Color Matters

In hindsight, this seems like a “DUH” kind of tip, but I never thought about it until I read an article like this one. And then I took action, because if my kid is in swimming trouble in a crowded pool, I surely want the lifeguard to be able to spot them without even trying. Am I right, Parents?

A 2021 test by swim safety company ALIVE Solutions, Inc. backs up Werneth’s advice.

“Our bottom two colors are white and light blue (check out how they disappear) and our top choices would be neon pink and neon orange,” the company said when posting about the results of their swimsuit color tests in a pool.

Jenny Rapson
Jenny Rapsonhttp://www.foreverymom.com
Jenny Rapson is a wife and mom of three from Ohio and the editor of For Every Mom. You can also find her alternately griping and gushing about her kids at her own blog, Mommin' It Up. You can email her at jrapson@outreach.com, or follow her on Twitter.

12-Year-Old Girl Dies by Suicide After Being Relentlessly Bullied and Harassed at School

After facing relentless bullying and harassment over the past school year, 12-year-old Flora Martinez ended her life on May 7. Now, her parents are demanding change from schools and administrators after the bullying persisted, even once she was gone.

One Year After 26-Year-Old Wife Dies of Cancer, Husband Finds Redeeming Love After Loss With Young Widow

After his wife Maddy died of cancer at just 26 years old, Chandler David Smith was left grieving an unimaginable loss and navigating what it looked like to be a single dad. In his grief, he found new and beautiful love with a young widow and mother of three.

Florida ‘Safe Haven’ Baby Graduates High School, Reunites With Firefighters Who Received Her 18 Years Ago

Eighteen years ago, when she was just one day old, a baby named Colleen was surrendered at a “Safe Haven” box in Clermont, Florida. Now, as she successfully graduates high school, Colleen is reuniting with the firefighters who were with her on that fateful day 18 years ago.