Michael Phelps On Being Boomer's Dad and His Campaign to Conserve Water
Michael Phelps wants you to save water—and the Olympic swimmer (and dad to Boomer!) has partnered with Colgate's #EveryDropCounts campaign to spread awareness.
As the most decorated Olympic swimmer of all time, Michael Phelps spends a lot of time in the water. So it's really not all that surprising that he's now putting that relationship to good use by teaming up with Colgate on its #EveryDropCounts water conservation campaign.
"Water is such a huge part of my life," he told Parents.com. "And it's even bigger now that Nicole and I have a child and we're trying to teach him new things."
Michael and Nicole welcomed son Boomer back in May 2016, and the little guy already loves swimming in the family's backyard pool just as much as you'd think the kid of 28-time medalist would.
"He loves being in the water," Phelps told us. "He is splashing around constantly."
Seems about right. Athough Phelps did cop to actually being afraid of the water back when he was Boomer's age. But his rockstar of a son put his face right into the drink at 8 months and has so far shown no fear—Olympics 2032?
Meanwhile, as part of his effort to raise awareness about water waste, Phelps posted a video on Instagram on Earth Day urging his followers to turn off the faucet while brushing their teeth.
"Every time we brush our teeth for two minutes, we can waste up to four gallons of water," he told us. "The stats are crazy."
Boomer doesn't brush yet, of course—the kid's only got six chompers, after all!—but Phelps told us he loves chewing on his toothbrushes:
Too cute! And we are just loving the way this proud papa seems to be savoring every moment. Because just like with water, when it comes to spending time with your kids, #EveryDropCounts.
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"The last year has gone by so fast ," he told us. "But we are enjoying the ride and it's only gonna get better."
Hollee Actman Becker is a freelance writer, blogger, and mom of two who writes about parenting and pop culture. Check out her website holleeactmanbecker.com for more, and then follow her on Instagram and Twitter