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

Important Car Maintenance Lessons Moms Should Teach their Kids

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As a busy mom, you probably spend quite a bit of time in your car chauffeuring your kids to and from school, playdates and a variety of extracurricular activities.

Despite your extensive to-do lists, you strive to bring your vehicle in for regular maintenance and try to have at least a basic understanding of car repairs. After all, you trust this car to tote around your most precious possessions and want to be sure it’s in good working order.

Lately, however, you’ve felt like you should teach your kids some general car maintenance lessons. You want them to appreciate what it takes to keep their own personal limo road ready, and you want them to be able to handle whatever life — and bad roads — can throw their way.

Fortunately, it can be easy and enjoyable to teach your kids the basics of car maintenance, so check out the following tips: 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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How to Help Your Child with Their Mental Wellbeing

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The mental health epidemic is something that is fast sweeping across the United States and the rest of the world. Many of these signs start in childhood years, so it is important to help your child look after their mental wellbeing from an early age. Doing this can be tricky when you have so many other commitments to uphold, but it will do them immense good for the present and the future. If you are looking for some advice on how you can do this, it’s important to take note of some trusted ways in which you can teach your child about mental health. Read more

How to Deal with the Aftermath of a Child Injury

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Your child suffering an injury is one of the worst things that you can imagine happening, and the way you deal with the aftermath of it can make it even worse. If you don’t want to worsen the situation, you have to be proactive right from the off, and you need to be giving your child whatever they need, whenever they need it.

Here is what you should be doing to deal with the aftermath of a child injury in the best way possible: Read more

Are These Things Hurting Your Children?

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As parents, our number one priority always is the health and safety of our children. We do our best to make sure they are eating healthily and getting enough exercise, as well as keeping up with their school work and signing them up for extracurricular activities. Our kids’ well-being and development is so important, and we don’t take it lightly. Read more

The ABCs of Childhood ZZZs (INFOGRAPHIC)

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Putting your child to bed and promoting healthy rest from an early age has many more benefits beyond quiet time for mom and dad. Without a doubt we know that sleep is an important aspect of anyone’s life regardless of our age. As we grow into adulthood our sleep tends to plateau and become more habitual than our earliest years. Those precious vitamin ZZZs are most important and fragile throughout childhood as the body grows, develops and requires different wake/sleep routines. Next time you try to push past a nap, to get more hours out of bedtime later, consider the impacts and recommended sleep requirements. A healthy dose of ZZZs can greatly impact your physical, mental and emotional health – and these are especially amplified for growing children. Read more

Parents: How to Grow a Love of Reading in Your Children

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We all know how important reading is and all the benefits that it can bring into your child’s life. However, with the introduction of smartphones, tablets, game consoles and televisions, it’s hard to compete with this level of entertainment. But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible.

Today, we’re going to explore everything you need to know in order to create this love for reading in your children, allowing them to enjoy all the benefits that it provides. Read more

What You Need to Know if Your Child is Undergoing Respiratory Therapy

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Whenever our children are to undergo medical tests or procedures, it is perfectly natural to have some worries and concerns. While we all understand that it is best to trust the judgment of qualified doctors, we still can’t help but worry about our children’s well-being while they are under the care of others.

Hearing that your child has a respiratory condition and will, therefore, require respiratory therapy can be alarming. The first thing you need to do is relax! Your child being seriously ill will always concern you, but the prescription of respiratory therapy is designed to help your children to manage the symptoms of their condition. Read more