June 19, 2013Sweat
One of my teens has a fitness goal for the summer. She is a black belt and past track star, but getting in better shape is her desire. So, she asked to go to the same gym I go to. The cliche thought that most kids don't want to be with their parents anymore is alive and well. But, I think this maybe more of a middle school phase, where at that age kids would rather hang with their peers than tag along with parents. Still, I jumped at this chance for quality time.
The Boot Camp I attend is ran by a soldier who had two tours in Iraq. He is tough, and serious (don't tell anyone that I've seen his soft spot, too.) This man has heart, and a Navy Seal type work out starting next week, if you're brave enough. The workouts are smart, challenging, quality, and the cast of characters in my particular group have provided great stories at the dinner table. Now, all this has come to life for my kid. Surprisingly, others brought their teens to workout, too. It's always nice to not sweat alone.
Adult supervision is of paramount importance. Parents need to focus on their children 100% of the time. No distractions!
Practice "touch supervision" (a term used by the American Academy of Pediatrics). This means that at all times, the supervising adult is within an arm's length of the child being watched, when near or in the water.
Remember, no child or adult is "drown proof."
Keep in mind that children can drown in many different water sources including: bathtubs, toilets, buckets, baby pools, backyard swimming pools, community pools, streams, creeks, lakes, rivers, oceans and other places.
Avoid sun exposure during peak sun hours (10 AM – 6 PM).
Wear protective clothing and a wide brimmed hat and sunglasses (with 99-100% UV protection).
Sunscreen is a must (on sunny and cloudy days)! Look for products with UVA and UVB protection and an SPF of at least 15 (according to the American Academy of Pediatrics and American Association of Dermatology).
Sunscreen should be applied liberally 30 minutes before going out in the sun, and reapplied every two hours or sooner if swimming, sweating or toweling off.
Look for shade whenever possible.
June 18, 2013Water Bottle
I was told of a certain water bottle that was "cool" in school; all the kids have them, etc. My list of things to do had this item set for a fall purchase, in time for back to school. However, I've been constantly hearing about this water bottle from my teen, who has ...
June 17, 2013POST
"Happy Father's Day to all the Single Moms doing Double Duty," was an afterthought posted on the SOS Radio Facebook page yesterday by my friend Scott Herrold. When last I looked, this had been shared over 200,928 times. Of course, I posted it on my page! Upon further ...
June 10, 2013Swim Team
I just read a community newsletter that has a column called "Thoughts from a swim team mom." Here is an excerpt: "It's Friday morning and I'm still on a high from last night's swim meet. Admittedly, I'm exhausted, but my 6-year-old could really do no wrong in my ...
June 7, 2013Key
My doorbell rang, and I opened the door to my next doors neighbor's 11 year old son standing on the porch. "I'm locked out of my house," he tells me. Josh gets picked up and dropped off by his camp bus, and no one is home at his house. We both text his mom, and receive ...
June 6, 2013The C Stands for Country
I was shopping in Soho on a beautiful Saturday morning in New York. The cobblestone streets were quickly filling up with with dog walkers, gals in workout gear, and tourists. I love bopping in and out of stores before they get too full. My strategic plan is carefully ...
June 5, 2013Wait
If I had an apple, or a latte, or an extra 10 minutes of sleep for every minute I've spent on hold, waiting to speak to an insurance claims representative, I'd be well rested, highly caffeinated and full. These calls absorb so much time, I plan them for my lengthy ...
June 4, 2013Pintrest
I bit the bullet and started a Pintrest page; I know how late I am with this. I made a list of all the social networking sites I'm connecting to myself, and my radio show, and it's lengthy, yet necessary. Besides email and Facebook, I'm connected with Twitter, YouTube, ...
June 3, 2013Blonde
I'm at the hair salon getting blonder, and eavesdropping on what women are talking about. To my left, the conversation is about sunscreen, and the need to find something just right for her face. This client proceeds to discuss every pore on her face, while her patient ...
May 31, 2013Teiks
Tieks are the best ladies flat shoe available, as per many a lady and all the adds on Facebook. The official definition is; Tieks: noun. The most versatile designer flats in the world. Made of the finest Italian leathers and designed to fold and fit in a purse. ...