6 Truths About Helicopter Parents

My parenting style can be best described as a hybrid mashup—a combination of authoritative, authoritarian, and permissive. But if one parenting style was to surface and all others sink, at the end of the day I would emerge a predominantly helicopter parent. The term "helicopter parenting" was coined back in 1990 by child development researchers Foster Cline and Jim Fay in their book, Parenting With Love and Logic. Helicopter parents, according to the official definition, take an overprotective or excessive interest in the life of Read more

How to Plan the Ultimate Staycation

Who wouldn’t want to take a vacation every month, or even every weekend? Unfortunately for most, there isn’t room for a trip in the schedule—or budget. Plus, as most holiday vacations prove, it can be exhausting and overwhelming to coordinate a family trip out of town. That’s why many people in need of a small getaway take staycations instead. Staycations allow you to relax and do fun activities with your family, all without the expense of travel or booking Read more

Top of the Tingles: The ASMR A-List

Relaxation. Euphoria. Tingling. These are the words used to describe the result of an Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, or ASMR, trigger. In a piece I recently wrote for Sanity & Self, I describe the concept as "the physical response to auditory, visual, or tactile triggers, usually a tingly sensation similar to feeling chills. Think of the goosebumps you might get when someone whispers into your ear. That’s ASMR. Most experts attribute ASMR’s relaxing sensations to the release of endorphins, Read more

Self-Discovery Questions to Ask Yourself Each Day

In today’s uber-connected world, it’s so easy to get caught up in your phone wherever you go. Whether you're responding to work emails, organizing your kids’ schedules, or updating your Instagram, the hours can fly by before you know it. While this is certainly convenient, it can become unhealthy if it turns into a habit. Because we’re all so busy, your mental health could be suffering and you wouldn’t even know it because you’re too preoccupied to pay attention Read more

Self-Care With Hygge

Taking time for yourself as a mom can be difficult between appointments, errands and keeping everyone fed, on time and in clean clothes. Finding ways to fit in self-care and moments to yourself are so important, even short breaks can have a positive impact on your day. One shortcut to make sure you get the change to recharge is make your house ready for relaxation whenever you are. You may have heard of it as an emerging decor trend, hygge Read more

How to Prevent a 5 A.M. Wake Up From Your Toddler

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Sleep deprived parents often experience the nightmare of early rising toddlers ready to start their day. Here are some essential bedtime tips to manage toddlers sleep schedules and keep them waking up at a time that allows everyone to get the sleep they need. 

Make the Days Busy!

An active toddler is happy toddler whether it be physical or mental activity. The busier your toddler is during the day, the more they will need their full hours of sleep. Days can be spent heading outside to gardens, parks and playgrounds to give them a chance to run around and burn up some energy. There’s nothing wrong with a bit of screen time for your toddler when they want to relax and when you need a little break but it’s important to refrain from overloading on cartoons. Instead, time inside could be spent on creative pursuits like drawing or playing with Play-Doh.  Read more

Diagnosing Mental Health Disorders in Children

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As adults, it is our responsibility to take care of our children — physically, mentally, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually. We do our best to guide them into a successful adulthood by meeting all their needs and providing for at least some of their wants. It’s a big job, as every parent knows.

Even before birth, we read everything we can find about taking care of our kids and what to do when something happens. There is a lot of advice out there about physical and mental health in children, but some of it is contradictory or confusing. When it comes to our children’s physical health, things are a bit more clear-cut. We are constantly on the alert for symptoms of physical sickness, and we call the doctor at the first sign of trouble. But what about our children’s mental health? This is much more complicated. Read more

How to Productively Work From Home With Your Kids This School Year

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If you’re going to be working from home as your kids participate in remote learning this school year, it’s important to start your preparations as early as today. This back-to-school season is going to look very different from past years, and so will your standard workday. However, there are a few simple things you can do to make each work and school day smoother and more productive. Read more

10 Ways For Mothers To Bond With Daughters

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Being a mom can be a great experience, especially when you have daughters. But how do you connect with your daughters?

First, think about what brings your girl(s) joy, and then see how you can be a bigger part of it. And what better way to bond with your girl(s) than being her confidant and best friend!

In this article, we’ll go over the 10 best ways to connect with your daughter, which make for better bonding and communication: Read more

How to Get Rid of Sentimental Clutter and Spend More Intentionally

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Once a new season comes around, most of us are looking to hit the refresh button. The refresh button commonly is cleaning out your whole house to only hold organized ideas that you still care about. Even more commonly, we have those spots that hold items that pull at your heartstrings. This could be anything from your childhood teddy bear to a passed down family chair that sits in your basement going unused. 

With fall just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to say goodbye to sentimental clutter. Even though it can be hard, it can be more than worth it. Keep reading for our free printables to help you and your family keep your head in the cleaning game.  Read more

4 Positive Ways To Say “No” To Your Child

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Saying no can be challenging for parents, but it is an important skill to develop. From lacking confidence, to wanting to avoid confrontations, there are many reasons why parents avoid saying “no” to their children. Here are four creative and alternative ways you can use when you need to say no to your child.

The Importance Of Saying “No”

However uncomfortable it might seem to say no to your child, it’s extremely important that you are confident and assertive when you do so. Saying no is an important way of establishing rules, boundaries and setting clear limits for your child. Your child may try to test the boundaries you set, but by being consistent and firm in your approach, in time they will come to respect these boundaries. Read more

Creative Home Hacks to Make Your Life Easier

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With parents spending more time on homeschool than ever before, it may be tough to keep the house organized. From keeping the kids busy to caring for the pets and staying on top of daily cleaning and upkeep, life has definitely become a bit hectic for many of us. 

It’s time to get creative with your home life. Use these easy home hacks to keep your house clean and running smoothly! Whether you need to do a quick cleaning sweep of the kitchen or figure out how to get the skunk smell off your overly-curious dog, these tricks will help.  Read more

Best Herbs to Grow Indoors

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Whether it’s the quarantine blues, the extra time on your hands or just an idea you’ve played with in your head for a while: now is the perfect opportunity to set up an indoor herb garden in your kitchen! Caring for houseplants can improve your mental health, is a great hobby to share with roommates or your family and having fresh herbs in your kitchen will inspire you to cook healthier and try out new recipes. 

You don’t need much to set up an indoor herb garden in your kitchen. Depending on the size of your space and how many herbs you’d like to plant, you’ll need pots or planters, potting mix and seeds or baby herbs from your local nursery. Make sure to find a sunny spot for your herbs, on a windowsill for example, or to choose herbs that do well under low-light conditions like peppermint or cilantro. Whatever the light conditions in your kitchen, keep in mind that you’ll have the most fun with your indoor herb garden when you pick herbs that you like to cook with or have always wanted to incorporate in your favorite dishes. Read more

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