The Best and Worst Things to Buy on Black Friday

Black Friday is one of the biggest shopping days of the year and has been a culture installation for generations. Many people use Black Friday to kick off the holiday season, and businesses are more than happy to keep the tradition alive. There are certainly some fantastic deals you can find on Black Friday, but there are also some deals that are not as good as they seem. Some items are ideal to buy on Black Friday, but not Read more

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

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

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

How to Protect Your Kids From Summer Home Hazards

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If summer brings about happy memories taking extended vacations or lots of family time in the backyard, you’re not alone. Summer is one of the favorite seasons for families across the nation, and for good reason. But this year, summer looks a little different, as we all are staying home and avoiding traveling to keep ourselves (and others) safe. Read more

7 Best Online Games for Kids to Play in 2020

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Most children play video games for about 2 to 2.5 hours per day, according to a recent survey. If you’re working from home during the coronavirus pandemic and wishing they would play more to keep them occupied, there are plenty of games that they can play on the Internet. Here is a list of some of the best online games for kids to play in 2020. Read more

Fun Ideas for a Family Game Night

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Are family members just too busy with their devices and smartphones to interact with each other like they used to? Gathering together in the hall with fun games to play or having conversations around the dining table might seem like a distant memory.

There are plenty of things to do on the weekend, and it might be a good idea to bring back that old-fashioned game night (without electronic devices). Families are getting together on a Saturday night to spend quality time playing family board games and having fun at home. They can sound thoroughly quaint and unique these days. Game night at home might just be a refreshing alternative to going out to restaurants or movie theater. What’s more, there are many fun ideas for family-friendly games.

Here are just a few options that you might be able to implement right away. Read more

Educational Games and Activities That Promote Learning at Home

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According to the National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE), American students spend about 180 days in school each year learning essential subjects such as reading, math, science, and social studies. However, it’s just as important that your child spends time learning outside of the classroom — especially if they are performing poorly in school or struggling with a particular subject.

Whether your child is struggling with a subject such as math, science, or reading, or you’re simply looking to expand your child’s knowledge at home, the following games and activities have been shown to promote learning in and outside of the classroom. Read on to explore several top-rated video games, online classes, board games, and electronic toys and apps that can help your child to learn new skills and expand their knowledge — all from the comfort of your home. Read more

The Ultimate Guide to Creating a DIY, At-Home Summer Camp

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For decades, kids have attended summer camps for seasonal fun and to learn survival, social and adventuring skills in a fun, safe setting. These camps provide children with an opportunity to develop emotionally and physically while providing a safe structure for growth and activity. With their many benefits, it’s no wonder summer camps are so popular! 

For some families, however, camp isn’t a feasible summertime option. Whether it’s the high price tag or intense time commitment, there are many reasons why families can’t make camp work. And this year in particular, many camps are seeing shut-downs or postponements due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Read more

When Your Mom is Your Best Friend: What Makes the Mother-Daughter Bond so Special

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Mother-daughter bonds are wonderful and the closer the bond the healthier they both are. When examining these bonds, it is apparent that healthy relationships between a mother and her daughter lead to strong women who achieve greatness in their lives. Reviewing what makes the mother-daughter bond so special shows why all women should have this bond with their daughters. Read more

Set Kids Up for Safe Seasonal Fun

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Warmer weather has finally arrived, which means kids will want to spend more time outside. But in the era of coronavirus, we’ve got to be extra careful about getting our kids outdoors. Here are a few tips for parents and other caregivers to help make this spring and summer a safe one so the whole family can avoid emergencies and keep the focus on fun. Read more

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