Parenting is packed with buzz words that come and go.

Parenting is packed with buzz words that come and go. Let's decipher some of them and figure out if they've got value for you!

BUZZ WORD: Infant Self-Rescue

WHAT IT MEANS: "Infant swim self-rescue" involves techniques designed to prevent drowning and they're taught to children from 6 months to 12 months of age. Through one-on-one lessons with a specially trained and certified instructor, infants learn how to roll onto their backs and float, rest and breathe. The infant also learns how to stay in this position and wait for help. Older children can learn a more sophisticated series of steps that include swimming underwater until air is needed, rolling over onto the back, and then swimming again until reaching safety. Teachers emphasize the need for constant adult supervision and appropriate fencing around pools and other bodies of water, and intend the self-rescue techniques to be a last resort.

WHERE IT COMES FROM: Dr. Harvey Barnett founded Infant Self-Rescue (ISR) in 1966 in an effort to teach survival swimming techniques to very young children. The methods have evolved in subsequent decades to include research and a mission that "Not One More Child Drowns." For more information, go to

-Melissa Boyd