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

Working Moms & Sick Kids: How to Take Care of Jr. & Still Get Some Work Done

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“Mom, I’m sick.”

While no mom ever wants to hear these three words, they are especially hard for moms who work outside the home. You want to take care of your child and help him or her feel better, but the thought of calling your boss and saying you need to stay home is also a big source of stress. We have some tips to help you get through cold and flu season with both your family’s health and your job intact. Read more

4 Must-Have Items for New Parents

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Congratulations on your new baby!

Sorry, you’ve probably already heard that one too many times. Anyway, what you really want to hear are ways to make this whole parenting thing a little easier, right?

Fortunately, we live in the 21st century, which means there’s an abundance of gadgets that can help you stay sane during your first year of parenthood. Everything from nap time to bath time just got easier, thanks to technology.

As for diaper changes, you’re still on your own with that one. Read more

7 Things Your Teen Doesn’t Want You to Know

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TIME IS THE ULTIMATE TIME

Teens. Pre-adults with attitudes. This age group loves to put our parenting skills to the test. They’re also master manipulators with a lot to hide! Think I’m kidding?

Here are 7 things your teen doesn’t want you to know: Read more

Hearing Loss and Headphone Use (Infographic)

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Have you ever told your teenager to turn their music down because you can hear it blaring through their headphones? For years, listening to music at a high volume has been labeled a “typical teen behavior”; however, research shows that the rate of hearing loss among teens today is about 30% higher than it was in the 1980s and 1990s, and 46% of teens show potential signs of hearing loss with occasional ringing, roaring, buzzing, or pain in their ears. Read more

Outdoor Adventures: 5 Apps to Help You Explore Nature with Your Kids

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Kids ages 8 to 18 spend an average of over seven and a half hours a day consuming entertainment media, according to a recent study conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation. With nearly as much screen time as sleep time, it’s no wonder that kids today spend significantly less time playing outside than past generations. Read more

5 Teen Driver Safety Issues: Ways Parents Can Help

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Learning to drive and passing the driver’s exam are major milestones for teens. This rite of passage offers teens freedom, but also presents many risks.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, car accidents and crashes are the leading cause of death, with eight teens dying every day. This statistic will naturally alarm many parents to take measures on how to prevent an injury or accident. Certain behaviors increase a teen’s risk for a crash so parents must educate themselves on what they can do to protect their children.

Here are five common teen driver safety issues and what parents can do to help: Read more

5 Best Apps to Foster Learning

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You want what is best for your children. Even when they are not at school, you want them to be learning, developing and growing. But, kids don’t like the sound of that. Homework can be a battle and weekends are made for fun.

However, technology is making it easier to put educational games at your kid’s fingertips. This helps to take the fight out of learning, and help your kids have fun while developing their skills. You can use apps on the latest smartphones and tablets in order to give your child everything they need to learn and grow. Here are just a few suggestions of educational apps that can grow with your child: Read more

Kids Cast Their Votes for the Best Toys of 2014

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Children may not be able to vote for the president, but they do learn about the democratic process at a young age. In the United States, the democratic process is linked to civic leadership and personal empowerment. So it makes sense to have kids vote on one of their most beloved topics: toys. There are a few notable lists of kid-voted favorites for the parent who is looking to buy what kids want. Read more