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    I think the holiday is a great idea! Getting away with the whole family for Christmas and celebrating your dads 60th sounds great.
    Not sure what the issue is with being near the ocean? We've just been on the Gold Coast with our 4 aged 9,7,6&4 we were at the beach and creek every day plus wet n wild. As long as you are watching your children and between the flags then you should have a great time!

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    Well then don't go. Make a suggestion of somewhere you would prefer.

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    I can understand your hesitation, I would be nervous with 4 on my own but on the same hand you could go and not let them in the water past their knees if you felt it gave you more peace of mind. I'm not a strong swimmer and personally am afraid of the beach but I would hope with my parents around and other adults I could make the most of a situation that makes me nervous.

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    Can your kids swim? Teach them the basics of swimming at the beach.
    - always swim between the flags.
    - if they don't feel confident, always stay where their feet can touch the bottom.
    - teach them how to wave for help to attract the lifeguards attention.
    - when caught in a rip swim parallel to the beach rather than towards it.
    - never ever go in the water without a supervising adult being present. This does not include the lifeguards, they aren't babysitters.
    - always stay within eyesight of whoever is the supervising adult/s.

    I think a beach holiday at Christmas sounds great. I personally am not a beach/ocean person, but am happy to walk along the beach and paddle in the shallows. If you're worried about drowning then would you even veto staying at a resort with a pool? A house with a bathtub? I think if your kids understand the dangers of swimming in the ocean and how they can do so safely and have fun then it could be a fantastic holiday filled with lots of happy memories. I have very fond memories of Christmases at the beach with the extended family. Beach cricket, beach volleyball etc. lots of fun to be had!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unschooling4 View Post
    Kids are 12, 9, 7 and almost 3. My concern is them drowning!
    Can your children swim? At those ages the only one I would be concerned about is the three year old. I'm at the Gold Coast with my three year old at the moment. She much prefers to build sandcastles then go in the waves. She knows not to go into the water without an adult.

    Surely the others can understand instructions and stay between the flags? More people drown in back yard pools than they do swimming between the flags.

    I personally wouldn't be concerned and think it sounds like a great holiday. But ultimately only you can decide what's best for your family.

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    You could do lots of other stuff at the beach like make sand castles and play games and stuff? If it was me and you're worried about the water I'd maybe take the older 2 for shallow dip and leave the younger with your partner? Then swap. Or just let them go in to their knees with you next to them, can still have lots of fun on the shore and there would be a spot with life guards and flags I'd think.

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    My dad managed to supervise 3 young kids every year at beaches in the national park with no lifeguards (mum doesn't swim).
    He would always make us wait while he scanned the beach for the safest spot, then watch us from the beach, also would make us take turns swimming with him if conditions were not to his satisfaction. I think he found it a bit stressful, but we had an absolute ball & all have great memories of summer holidays at the beach.
    Can your DH paddle with the little ones while you watch the big ones swim? I remember mum taking one of us to the rock pools while the others swam with dad.
    Are you a confident swimmer?
    There is always risk around water, but I think with patrolled beaches available, you can manage the situation and your kids would have a blast.

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    It looks like a very pretty place. Is the house right on the beach? As in they could slip out a door onto the beach? Or would you have to go there? I think if it's not right on the beach you would be fine, the older 3 are quite old and will be a year older by then too. I would just take them in water 1 or 2 at a time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unschooling4 View Post
    Righto so i cant control my kids now.
    Quote Originally Posted by Unschooling4 View Post
    Good for you.
    You asked a question and people are giving their opinions. If you just wanted people to agree with you, then maybe mention that from the beginning to save time.
    These replies appear rude.

    For what it's worth
    An invitation isn't a summons. If you don't like the venue, then don't go. Suggest somewhere you're more comfortable with and if no one else likes that location, leave them them to it.

    What do your kids think?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unschooling4 View Post
    Righto so i cant control my kids now. 😩
    I don't think it was meant that way.

    If you're worried, it's 12 months away so maybe you could arrange swimming lessons? Lots of chat about swim safety before you go to.

    You might really love it.

    Also, plenty of family to help you watch the kids.

    Fwiw, I would be a bit concerned about safety too but making sure my kids were all up to date with swimming and swim between flags talks etc would make me feel much better. And I would still go. Bad things can happen anywhere.

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