Middle Tennessee Lakes: Perfect to Discover Boating With Your Family

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It’s hard to believe that school starts for my girls in just a couple of weeks. We’ve had a fantastic summer and one thing we always look forward to every summer vacation is heading to one of our local Middle Tennessee lakes. We’re so lucky to live driving range to three: Old Hickory Lake, Center Hill Lake, and Percy Priest lake.

My husband just took our girls canoeing and tubing on the Harpeth River last week but we’re ready for bigger waters! Growing up my dad always had a boat and I’ve been on ski boats, house boats, catamarans, and more. Boating is just one of those recreational activities that generations can enjoy and share, whether you’re cruising on a houseboat and camping out on the water, water skiing, or fishing. There’s just something about the water and boat lifestyle that is invigorating and just plain fun. Both my husband and I work in technology fields and being out on the water we feel super connected to nature, and not our phones or email!

91 percent of Americans believe there are benefits for children to be on the water, including: getting outdoors; appreciating nature; spending quality time with family; and disconnecting from technology, according to data from Discover Boating/Kelton Research.

A friend as invited us to visit his lake house and we’ll be heading there the end of August. We always love enjoying unplugging and taking his boat out — I love relaxing on the water but our girls are all about tubing!

Discover Boating Center Hill Lake Middle Tennessee Lakes: Perfect to Discover Boating With Your Family

My girls tubing on Center Hill Lake here in Middle Tennessee. Do your kids love water sports?

Discover Boating is a great online resource, whether you’re thinking about buying a boat, considering renting one for Labor Day weekend, or you’ve been a boat owner for years. Discover Boating has great resources and educational tools for boaters of all levels:

Boating Activities

Spousal Conversion Kit (ha!)

Youth Boating Programs

Have you heard of country music star Jake Owen? He’s a lifelong boater and angler. To learn more about how he lives (and loves) the boating lifestyle, plus how it is the inspiration behind his feel-good vibe music, you won’t want to miss this Discover Boating interview.

Have you been boating this summer with your family? What’s your favorite water sport?

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?