Every so often, in the summer, I invite neighbor kids to come by for a swim. We have always tried to be careful with our pool, keeping the gates locked at all times, using a thermal cover to keep the water out of view, and reminding kids "no swimming" unless they have been invited. Fortunately, we have had wonderful kids around us, and they are most cooperative.
In the pool today were two little brothers--Ty and Tanner; their sister Taylor with her friends Leah and Rachel, and another girl Gloria. I note that boys were rowdier (and younger) and the girls much more relational. The girls spent time trying to find out who has a crush on whom and then TELLING. The boys were content to splash, dive, horse-play and just have fun.
The old swimming hole may be updated, but the fun is old-fashioned!
Calm before the kids arrive!