Keep Momming

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The relationship that exists between mothers and daughters is unlike any other. It has many unique moments, memories, and yes, even challenges along the way. The relationship dynamic can be even trickier when your daughter is in those tween-age years. What can be even more difficult is when some people dismiss certain behaviors as “typical tween girl behavior” when those behaviors can be symptoms of something more serious. Research suggests that girls are more likely than boys to report having mostly inattentive Attention- Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) symptoms. Since inattentive symptoms can be less noticeable than hyperactive and impulsive symptoms, it is important that moms know what to look for.

I’’m proud to be joining forces with Shire, CHADD and actress and mother of four Holly Robinson Peete to announce the launch of keep momming, a new public service initiative geared towards the moms of tween girls to raise awareness of ADHD.

The campaign is anchored within a new digital hub, KeepMomming.com, where you’ll find tips, tools and other go-to resources for moms, including a checklist to help recognize the symptoms of ADHD – inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity – and then encourages moms to talk to their daughter’s doctor. The keep momming initiative can help moms learn about ADHD and provide ideas on how to spark a conversation and stay connected with their tween.

Don’t miss Holly’’s message about the keep momming initiative http://goo.gl/Uayao5, and be sure to check out the website at KeepMomming.com.

How to Keep Teens Safe Online: BGCA #CyberSafe Website & CyberTribe

“I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for BGCA Cyber Safe Initiative. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”Boys and Girls Club How to Keep Teens Safe Online: BGCA #CyberSafe Website & CyberTribeBeing a mom to a middle schooler means I’m keenly aware of the dangers that can lurk online. When I was my daughter’s age my mom only had to worry about me talking on the phone (corded no less!) too much. Now I have to monitor my daughter’s screen time on her iPhone and discuss with her online etiquette with regard to social media.

Did you know that Boys & Girls Clubs of America has a fantastic online resource to educate and inform teens on cyber safety issues? BGCA’s Cyber Safe Futures annual initiative in support of Internet Safety Awareness month in Junes has a fun new twist this year that makes it even more relevant to teens. Each week the website spotlights a teen CyberTribe Q&A in partnership with Sprint. This four-member team features teens from various parts of the country ready to respond to questions about growing up as a teen in the digital age.

BGCA CyberTribe Cyber Safety Panel How to Keep Teens Safe Online: BGCA #CyberSafe Website & CyberTribe

The BGCA CyberTribe is the perfect go to team to ask questions regarding cyberbullying, online privacy, social media, and other relevant issues plugged-in teens grapple with. And, let’s face it, teens are going to be much more comfortable approaching other teens for guidance than adults, particularly their parents! Everyone (parent or teen) who submits a question to the CyberTribe via the simple online form is entered into a raffle to win either an iPad and $500 to the Club of your choice. So, go ahead and submit your question about #cybersafety!

In addition to peer resources for teens, the website features a great resources section on subjects such as cyberbullying, mobile technologies, social networks and online privacy. Even if you don’t yet have a teen, it’s a fantastic go to website for topics you’ll need to brush up on because before you know it, your child will be digital savvy.

What questions would you ask the BGCA CyberTribe?

What You Need to Know About Sun Exposure to Your Eyes

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Now that school is out for summer break we have already spent several hours logging in some pool time. Although I am very diligent about making sure we all apply sunscreen regularly, I’m not always great at remembering that sun exposure to your eyes can be a cumulative danger over the years.

I’ve been wearing ACUVUE brand contact lenses for years and for several years. I’ve partnered up with ACUVUE to help spread the word about their UV blocking contact lenses.

A number of studies have shown that the effects of UV radiation are mostly cumulative and may increase the chance of developing eye problems later in life, including cataracts, a leading cause of reduced vision in the United States. While UV-blocking contact lenses are beneficial in helping to protect against harmful UV rays entering into the eye, long-term clinical studies have not been done to show that they directly reduce the risk of any specific eye disease or condition. Still, any proactive steps I can take to protect my eyes and my family’s eyes is important to me.

Did you know that children and teens are at risk of greater UV exposure than any other age group? Children have larger pupils (allowing more light into their eyes), clearer lenses, and typically spend more time outdoors without eye protection and for longer periods of time than most adults. It is estimated that a significant amount of lifetime exposure to UV rays may occur by age 18 and that children’s annual dose of UV radiation is three times that of adults.

When it comes to UV exposure, however, it’s not just direct sunlight that does damage. Reflected ultraviolet (UV) rays from surfaces such as grass, soil, dry sand, water, and snow can also be harmful. Today at the pool my older daughter forgot her sunglasses and kept asking to borrow mine. The reflected sun off the water can be brutal! UV protection also is important on a cloudy day as the sun’s rays can pass through thin clouds, exposing your eyes to harmful UV radiation. Just as you can still get sunburned on an overcast day, your eyes can still be exposed to UV rays.

I always wear sunglasses at the pool or when outdoors on a sunny day, especially when driving. While sunglasses are definitely a good idea when it comes to eye protection, not all sunglasses are created equal. Choose sunglasses that limit transmission to no more than 1 percent UVB and 1 percent UVA rays. Sometimes the information on the glasses will say they block at least 99 percent of the UV rays.

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Here are three things to look for when buying sunglasses:

  • Lenses large enough to completely cover the eye and prevent as much light as possible from entering through the edges of the glasses. Wrap-around sunglasses are best.
  • Darker lenses, particularly if you are more light sensitive.
  • Gray lenses. They provide the least color distortion, but not any better protection than other colored lenses. While most sunglasses can help block UV rays from entering through the lenses, most frame styles do not prevent rays from reaching the sides, top and bottom of the glasses

UV blocking contact lenses can provide an important level of additional protection from UV exposure. Not all contact lenses offer UV protection, and, of those that do, not all provide similar absorption levels. ACUVUE® is the only major brand of contact lenses which blocks approximately 97%of UV-B and 81% of UV-A rays as standard across the entire range of its products.*

Want to learn more about how you can protect your eyes from UV exposure? Visit Fast Facts for Your Health: The Sun & Your Eyes: What You Need to Know on the ACUVUE® website.