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

10 Easy Activities You Can Do With Your Kids Right Now

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“I’m bored,” is a phrase no parent ever wants to hear. When kids are restless and feel like they have nothing to do, it can be tempting to hand them an iPad or turn on the TV. But there are better ways to keep them entertained. Stop boredom in its tracks with these ten easy activities you can do with your kids right now. They require minimal equipment and materials and offer satisfyingly instant results. Read more

Saying ‘Goodbye’ to Elf on the Shelf Comes with Unexpected Grief and Sadness

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“Parting is sweet sorrow,” they say. In our case, parting has been a confusing and very unexpected side of the Elf on the Shelf tradition—one that placed a dark cloud over our holidays.

Unlike 13 million current owners, for more than a decade I resisted the temptation of buying an Elf on the Shelf. I didn’t want the responsibility of another “living” thing, and, I knew I might forget to move the Elf and ruin the game. So, I dismissed the awkward glances from other parents when I told them we’d never have one of those disturbing little Scouts in our house. I closed a plethora of ads urging me to jump on this “fun” and “endearing” bandwagon. And, I declined my children’s requests to let Santa send one of his elves to keep an eye on them. “We’ll be sooooo good!” they promised. Nope. I was Team #NoElfontheShelf and nothing could change my mind.

Then, around Thanksgiving, my daughter caught me at just the right moment—no doubt when one of those ASPCA commercials aired—and broke me down. A few weeks later, the very anticipated box arrived on our doorstep. What could go wrong? Read more

Printables for a DIY Travel Binder

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Whether you’re taking a road trip or traveling over the holidays, it can be hard to keep the little ones occupied. Even with snacks and screens, they can easily get bored. A travel binder is a great way to give each kiddo their own personal activities and is a great way to encourage their love for traveling. 

From coloring to playing games, kids can hunt for water towers out the window on their scavenger hunt or record their favorite memory of the trip in their journal. The Zebra created and collected more than 28 free travel binder printable activities for kids of all ages so you can get started making your own.  Read more

Child Development: Fine Motor, Speech, Language, and Hearing

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The number of development milestones that occur in a child’s first few years of life is truly awe-inspiring. Within just three short years, a newborn goes from being dependent on adults for absolutely everything to being able to ask two-word questions, open doors and draw simple shapes on a page. As a parent, it’s fun and exciting to see these changes. But it’s also useful to know which milestones are crucial for little ones to achieve so you can monitoring their proper development and growth. This can help you know whether your child is healthy and growing appropriately. Read more

How to Make Your Kid’s Halloween Green

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We have officially entered into the season of pumpkin spice, apple picking and the exciting time of Halloween! While your kids are probably still debating about what they want to be for Halloween, we can all agree we want our kids to have the best Halloween possible. Something that’s equally as important as our children’s happiness is also taking care of the environment. With the health of mother earth being more important than ever, here are some opportunities to make your kids Halloween amazing but also as eco-friendly as possible! Read more

Fun & Educational Games That Will Teach Your Kids About Home Security

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Whether your kids are preschool age, tweens and teens or everything in between, you want them to feel as safe and secure as possible when they are home. To do this, you know you have to teach them about serious subjects like strangers coming to the door and when and how to call 911. At the same time, you want to do it in a light-hearted way that will get your point across but not freak them out.

Fortunately, there are a number of games and activities that can take the serious subjects of home safety and security and explain them in a way that kids of all ages can understand. Read more

Tips for Stress-Free Travel With a Baby

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From professional photographers to mommy bloggers, it seems like everyone is traveling with their babies in an effortless fashion. Luckily, these savvy parents have openly share their travel tips and guide parents towards stress-reducing products and techniques. When you integrate the current tips and trends into your travel plans, you and your family can enjoy a seamless journey to your destination. Here are some of the hottest tips for traveling with a baby. 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

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