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Parents give advice on keeping kids safe when swimming

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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) – Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer, and with summer fun comes swimming in our region’s pools and lakes. But you can never be too careful when you’re out on the water, no matter what age.

Saundra White used to be a lifeguard. Her best advice? Keep a close watch on swimmers. That’s what she does with her grandkids at Toledo City Pools.

“The kids see water and they see fun, they don’t see danger at all and water is very dangerous, even in the bathtub,” White said.

The Red Cross also emphasizes this point on its website, adding that no one should be swimming alone. Make sure a lifeguard is on duty or you have a buddy with you. Some other tips from the Red Cross include simple but important instructions, like don’t leave a young child unattended near water, secure appropriate borders around pools, and don’t be on your cell phone if you are watching someone swim.

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‘Dose of Reality’ tough-love program turning Toledo’s kids away from going down the wrong path

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TOLEDO, Ohio — Parents are going to great lengths to stop their kids from ending up on the wrong side of the law.

Some call it desperation, while others call it tough love.

But either way, Young Men and Women for Change is teaching kids and their parents accountability through behavioral modification.

Parents come to Toledo from all around the area.

All of them are fed up with how their children have been acting.

And all are ready to do just about anything to help lead them in the right direction.

It’s known as “A Dose of Reality” program.

And if you think it sounds rough, that’s because it is rough.

But it’s that tough love these parents say their kids need.

“You don’t like it, but you’re not gonna like it if he’s in jail or if he’s dead,” said Angela Montroy, who is the mother of 15-year-old Dustin.

About 35 kids filled the gym for this most recent program.

Parents watch as they’re led through a strenuous workout.

All while being reminded they’re here because of the choices they’ve made.

“It kills me as a parent. I feel as if I’ve done everything right. I’ve given him things. I’ve made the right choices. I corrected. And then I just sit there and think to myself ‘what have I done wrong?'” said Leslie Swartz, who is the mother of 8-year-old Avery.

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Parents still struggling to find baby formula amidst nationwide shortage

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TOLEDO, Ohio — Being a new parent can be a scary experience, especially in the first couple of months. Currently, many parents are facing issues when it comes to finding baby formula.

“I went to the store and there was nothing on the shelves,” said new mom Kristina Lawson.

Lawson’s son was born premature and spent some time in the NICU.  Since being released she has been feeding him the doctor-recommended formula and has not had trouble finding it at the store. However last week she could not find her son’s formula anywhere and had to resort to fast shipping on Amazon.

“He was born 4 weeks early, and he was in the NICU for about 10 to 12 days. So I don’t have enough supply for breast milk and the formula he’s on is specific to increase his calorie intake” said Lawson.

Lawson’s issues come in the midst of a nationwide shortage of baby formula. On top of FDA recalls contributing to the shortage, medical experts feel the pandemic also played a part in this problem.

“I was like, I have enough for maybe two more bottles but I had enough breast milk to last a couple more bottles, so I needed it at least by the next evening. Hopefully, at his next appointment for his 2-month checkup we can switch to a different formula, and maybe a more accessible formula” said Lawson.

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