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 Respectful Rules for Raising Independent Kids

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Independent kids form a strong belief in their own capabilities. They know through experience that they can do things for themselves. This is an empowering paradigm. If children figure this out early on, then they will reap a lifetime of rewards. Read more

7 Hacks to Keep Your Car Tidy with a Family

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It is not easy to keep a car clean with a family. There is running from sports practice to art clubs and all the equipment and supplies that go along with these sports and activities. Busy families often eat on the go, which can result in food wrappers and crumbs on the floor of the car. You may not think you can have a clean car and use it as a family vehicle at the same time, but there are ways to keep it in check. Read more

Combating the Bullying Epidemic

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It’s back-to-school time, and kids and parents alike are looking forward to the new school year. There is a lot of fun and excitement leading up to the first day of school — picking out new clothes and school supplies and anticipating seeing friends — but there are also a lot of worries, and one of the biggest worries that parents worry about is bullying.

Bullying among kids has plagued schools since the beginning of formal education, but in recent years it has grown exponentially due to the internet. Whether you’re worried about your kids being bullied, or being the bullier, there are ways you can help combat bullying in their lives. Read more

How to Have Fun During Your Family’s College Visits

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Choosing the right college often comes down to choosing your favorite visit. In fact, 65 percent of college-bound students cite campus visits as the most influential factor in choosing a college. But the visit shouldn’t stop at sample classroom lectures, conversations with advisers or filling out financial aid questionnaires. Will your student feel at home in a new city? Are there healthy and stimulating activities nearby to enrich your student’s college experience? Find out by using your downtime to explore the city and see what fun attractions each location has to offer (and make some memories, too). Read more

How to Teach Your Kids Emotional Intelligence

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Childhood development consists of a plethora of changes for youngsters who are learning more about themselves and the world around them. This is especially true when it comes to learning important social skills that help children better communicate with others. No matter their age, all children will have to interact with their peers, siblings, parents, and other adults on a daily basis. As such, it is important for parents to encourage positive social experiences wherever possible. Unfortunately, children can often be unpredictable, especially when it comes to their emotions and how they are feeling. One way to teach children awareness of these feelings is through Emotional Intelligence (EI). Emotional intelligence is the ability to understand one’s own emotions as well as recognize the emotions being expressed by others. Children who can successfully identify their emotions can control their reactions for much better decision-making. Best of all, emotional intelligence is a skill that can be taught over time. Here are some of the top ways in which parents can teach their kids this important life skill. Read more

Simple Birthday Traditions to Make Your Child Feel Special

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Think back to the time when you were a kid, to the good old times when the grass was greener, ice cream was a treat for good grades at school, and Birthday was your favorite day of the year. Speaking of Birthdays, there were plenty of reasons to love them. Gifts, surprises, and lots of friends gathered for a party at your backyard. Chances are that you still remember how good it felt to be the center of attention for 24 hours. Read more

4 Major Milestones and How to Help Your Child Embrace Independence

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As your child becomes a teenager, you’re likely faced with the realization that your loved one is growing up and will soon be out of the house. But as your teen reaches the end of their formative years, the transition to adulthood really begins. Here are some of the big milestones your teen will reach and ways in which you can support their blossoming independence. Read more

Essential Safety Precautions For Pool Owners

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If you have ever been around small children, you know how fast they can get into mischief. They move very quickly and have a significant talent for getting into anything and everything. That is why pool safety precautions are so crucial, because a child, or even an adult that can’t swim well can drown in a matter of minutes.

The best way to prevent these type of tragedies is provide several “layers of protection” to your pool. Let’s go over some ideas, that when used to complement one another, form the best defense against senseless accidents: Read more