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

Things to Think About Before Adding to Your Family

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Whether you only have one kid or you have several, sometimes baby fever comes knocking and you start to wonder if you should have another baby. You think about those sweet little fingers and toes, teeny tiny baby clothes, and that oh-so-wonderful newborn smell. While all those things are great, there are a lot of other things to think about before deciding to bring another life into the world and into your family.

If you or your spouse have got babies on the mind, here are some things to consider before deciding to add another member to your family: Read more

Natural Ways to Boost Your Immunity This Fall and Winter

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We’re in the heart of fall, and winter is just around the corner, and with these seasons comes cold and flu epidemics across the country. With increasingly colder temperatures keeping most people inside as much as possible, germs spread easily and quickly. Sometimes it feels impossible to avoid catching the bugs that are going around, but if you want to avoid having a whole house full of sick people, you need to find ways to stay healthy this winter.

While there are a ton of chemical concoctions out there promising to keep you well and healthy, all of the unknown elements can be a little worrisome. It’s always best to do things as naturally as you can, so here are some tips for boosting your immunity naturally during the winter.

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Kitchen Safety Tips for Aging Parents

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If your parents or grandparents are reaching advanced age, it may be time to implement safety precautions around the kitchen. Doing so can help prevent injury, provide for a safe working environment, and accommodate their unique needs. In some circumstances, implementing the kitchen safety tips discussed below may even save a loved one’s life. Get started today. Read more

15 Summer Activities to Help Your Kids Appreciate Nature

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What are your kids doing this summer? For many of us summer time with the kids is a time to enjoy the outdoors, the sunshine and if you’re lucky the ocean. As much as kids love summer holidays, keeping them busy can be a real chore! If you’ve not got the luxury of a summer camp then it’s up to you as parent to find things for the youngsters to keep busy with. Read more

Pamper your Children the Right Way

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While verbal encouragement can be a very effective way to reward your children for a job well done, there are times when it may be appropriate up the ante in the pampering department. Of course, you don’t want to go overboard when it comes to pampering since this could leave your children feeling entitled — and entitled children are rarely ever grateful children. So you need to know how to pamper your children the right way, and that’s exactly what this article will cover. Read more

Baby Bodybuilding: How to Develop Your Baby’s Muscles

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Your baby is probably content to sit or lie and stare up at you from the comfort of the bouncy cushion. And you also probably love the softness and tender of your little marshmallow.

However, it’s crucial for the parents to understand the significance of strength training for their baby. Putting in mind that muscle development is a vital part of reaching physical milestones, this piece of writing provides an ultimate guide on baby bodybuilding. Read more

8 Reasons Why Your Child Should Have A Pet

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While it’s true that most children love animals, it’s not always clear if that’s enough to make them good pet owners, too. After all, it’s often the adults in the house who end up having to take care of an animal once the excitement of a new pet has worn off. But while there are potential downsides associated with pet ownership, many parents feel that these drawbacks are far outweighed by the value that pets add to their kids’ lives.

Doctors and child psychologists seem to agree: studies from all over the world show that children raised in homes with family pets experience a wide range of benefits impacting their social, emotional, intellectual, and even physical development. Read more

Detecting Body Image Issues In Teens

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“Will that make me look fat?”

Recently, I overheard this timeless conversation between two friends sitting down to eat lunch. They were laughing and talking about what outfit they would wear to the concert on Tuesday and how they would do their hair. Unfortunately, this conversation wasn’t heard at the local Starbucks, but in an elementary cafeteria. I was fascinated listening to the girls talk fashion and body image, not because I love to eavesdrop, but due to the fact these girls were only 5 or 6.

Yes, the girls were only in Kindergarten! Read more

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