Let’s Swim!

It’s summer time, which means it’s swim time in Tennessee.  In East Tennessee, there are many opportunities to spend time in the water.  Seven lakes and several rivers in our area cover over 200,000 acres.  There are more than thirty competition swimming pools and hundreds of home and neighborhood pools in Knox and the surrounding counties. Whether spending time on the lake, rafting down a local river, or attending a friend’s pool party, children will be in and around water throughout their childhood. With all this exposure to water, children should learn how to swim. There are several local swim instructors that offer formal swim lessons, and children are never too old to learn. Swimming is an activity that can be enjoyed for a lifetime and that can help children be safer around the water.

My Son Loves to Fish…

Heard of Fortnite? Snapchat? Instagram? I’d bet your child knows! The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a maximum of 2 hours of screen time per day. Today’s children are spending an average of 7 hours a day on entertainment media, including televisions, computers, phones and other electronic devices. The AAP and HealthyChildren.org have developed a Family Media Use Plan that can help you and your child/children create healthy media choices.  Check this out…

Better yet…take some time out of your busy schedules to interact with your children. Go to their band/chorus/orchestra concerts, ballgames, plays/recitals, etc. It means more to them then you may think! Find a hobby that you can enjoy with your children. My son loves to fish, and thankfully, so do I! Tennessee recently had its annual Fish For Free week. It’s a great opportunity to spend some quality time outdoors (away from screens) with your child. Even if you spend most of it untangling line! Have a great summer!