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

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

How Working Moms Can Avoid Gender Stereotyping in Children

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Though the current generation boasts of moving past outdated preconceptions such as gender stereotypes, it still finds it tough to escape this traditional bias. Statistics about the unequal representation of women in the STEM domain and leadership positions and men in nursing and hospitality segment tell us that gender stereotypes still exist. Read more

Outdoor Careers for Teens That Any Mom Can Endorse

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By the time your children become teenagers, you likely have some idea of the career path they plan to take. Say your teen loves being outdoors more than anything. Then why not introduce them to careers that will primarily keep them outdoors? Can you think of a better way to enjoy life — and be self-sustaining? Read more

3 Car-Related Topics to Discuss with Your New Teen Driver

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Believe it or not, your little preschooler who used to enjoy playing with toy cars is now a newly-minted 16-year-old who just scored their driver’s license. Of course, like any apprehensive parent, you’re proud of your child reaching this important life milestone, but are somewhat reluctant to give them the keys to the car.

Because you want to keep your teen driver as safe as possible behind the wheel, reiterate with them, again and again, the importance of safe driving practices and avoid from being distracted. Here are three important driving tips to discuss with your new teen driver. Read more