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

What an Ideal Holiday To-Do List Should Look Like

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Being surrounded by friends and family during the holidays is a time of year like no other. We all love the warmth that it brings with the holiday music playing, putting up the Christmas tree, decking the halls with essential christmas decorations, and baking cookies. Preparing of all of these holiday endeavors goes right along with that warm and fuzzy Christmas feeling. Getting prepared in advance for the holiday season will make the feeling that we all adore come sooner, as well as make your holidays smoother and more enjoyable this year. Read more

Self-Discovery Questions to Ask Yourself Each Day

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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 to what your body is telling you.

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Family Media Contract to Keep Your Kids Safe Online

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In this day and age, kids grow up with access to the Internet in a manner of forms. They can connect with strangers through online gaming. They use school computers to research school projects. They have the Internet in their pocket thanks to smartphones. While access to information is mostly positive, there are also some worries that parents have. These include too much screen time, access to inappropriate content and the sharing of sensitive content that can put their child in harm’s way.

To combat this, parents can have an open conversation with their kids about technology rules and how they should behave online. To help, Panda Security has created family media contracts. Print out a template and go over your ground rules to make sure you and your child are on the same page. Read more

5 Eco-Friendly Ways to Remove Laundry Stains

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Doing laundry can be time-consuming: You have to collect your dirty clothes, wash and dry them, and then fold them! It’s a lot of work, and it never ends. What’s even more annoying than doing your laundry, though, is when you put on a fresh shirt only to spill something on it minutes into wearing it! What do you do then? Many people throw it right back into the washer.  Read more

12 Types of Mold You May Encounter In Your Home

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Do you suffer from allergies or asthma in your home? Not sure what’s causing them? Unfortunately, the answer could be mold. Mold could be hiding throughout your home without you even realizing it.

There are more than 100,000 types of mold that are found both indoors and outdoors. Some of these varieties are harmless while others can be toxigenic. Even those that aren’t toxigenic can have harmful effects on those living in the home. Read more

6 Simple Self-Care Ideas for Moms

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There’s a lot that goes into being a mom. Constantly tending to the demands of your career and family, it can be hard to find the time and energy to spend on yourself. However, neglecting your own needs can lead to faster burnout, exhaustion, and a decline in your overall health.

Self-care for moms should be non-negotiable. In order to be the best mom you can be, you must learn to make time for yourself and prioritize your needs. Fortunately, there are simple ways you can show yourself some love: Read more

Choosing the Right Dance Style for You

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Dancing is an art form that almost anyone can master, from youngsters to the elderly. This heart-pumping activity can be a great way for children to expend energy, for families to bond, and for senior citizens to socialize. But did you know that you can dance your way to better health? From benefiting you mentally and physically to boosting your emotional well-being, getting your groove on can positively transform your life. Read more

Is Mold Hiding In Your Home?

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If you have a family, your home is filled with life. Although you may think that refers only to your kids running through the halls or your beloved pets snoozing in front of the fireplace, it doesn’t. Not all of the life your humble abode contains is good for you. There might be some uninvited guests residing deep within the many nooks and crannies of your house in the form of mold. If so, you and your loved ones could experience some unpleasant health issues—such as coughing, asthma, headaches and sometimes even worse. Before evicting this unwanted freeloader, however, you have to know where to look for it. Read more