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

Three Ways Addiction Harms Your Skin

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If you’ve seen photographs of the progress of a person’s addiction to drugs or alcohol, you’ve probably been shocked by their appearance. With missing teeth, wrinkled skin, and cuts and sores, a person battling addiction can often look many years older than their actual age. While you might be aware of the adverse effects of addiction on internal organs such cirrhosis of the liver and lung cancer, did you know that the skin itself is also an organ? As such, drug and alcohol addiction can quickly take its toll on your skin, because substance abuse prevents your body from absorbing essential nutrients, and can prevent you from maintaining your health and hygiene. Here are three examples of how addition harms your skin: Read more

Babymoon Ideas for a Safe, Stress-Free Retreat

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Any millennial mom or mommy-to-be has heard of the babymoon, the pre-birth vacation that pregnant women take to seize their last moments of self-care and solitude before baby arrives. However, with COVID-19 still running rampant in many parts of the country, travel is tough—especially for soon-to-be moms. Of course, one of moms’ natural strengths is making the best of a situation, and there’s no reason to skip your well-deserved self-indulgence just because you have to stay local. Check out these ideas and printables for babymoon plans that you can put together at home, from low-budget indulgences to a full-on staycation. Read more

Allergy-Proofing Your Home With Kiddos

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If you’re parenting during this pandemic, you’re no stranger to cabin fever. Restless kids need to be entertained—and with summer upon us, spending time outside is a great way to stay active while socially distancing. Unfortunately, with spring and summer also come the arrival of new environmental allergens like pollen, cedar, and various grasses. While many families are tempted to shutter the doors and spend the summer indoors to escape these allergies, this might not be effective. That’s because allergens can be just as prevalent indoors as they are outside, thanks to pet dander, mold and dust mites. Read more

How to Pull Off a Last-Minute 4th of July Party

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Now that summer is in full swing and the 4th of July is almost here, it’s time to think about organizing a get-together with your friends and family to celebrate the holiday. It’s no secret that party planning can be particularly time-consuming, especially during the summer months where time appears to be flying. If you find yourself in this boat, no need to panic. Here are our best tips and tricks to throw that perfect July 4th celebration even if you’re pressed for time. Read more

4 Ways to Stay Mindful of Mental and Physical Health During Self-Isolation

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Taking care of your mental and physical health is not only important but crucial, especially with COVID-19 still being prevalent and states continuously urging people to stay in. As people across the country continue to self-isolate themselves they might find themselves facing challenges on how to get their health back on track.

Here are some ways to stay mindful of your mental and physical health while staying home: Read more

Surviving a Divorce: What Is Equitable Distribution?

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An often-quoted Maxim says that marriage is nothing if not compromise. But what they don’t say is that divorce is all about compromise, too. When a couple splits, they must decide who takes what when they go. The decisions made are often a source of contention. So, it’s no surprise that there are legal concepts designed to guide you and even protect you as you navigate your divorce. One of these concepts is called equitable distribution. What is equitable distribution, and what does it mean for you? Keep reading to learn more. Read more

When is the Right Time to Start Your Family?

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So, you’re thinking about having a baby. You’re excited at the prospect, but a little nervous too. That’s normal — after all, becoming a parent is a life-changing decision. How do you know if the time is right to start a family?

The answer will depend on a number of factors. Are you in good health and ready to take on the responsibility of caring for a child? Are you willing to put a baby’s needs ahead of yours for years to come? Do you have other dreams or pursuits — such as traveling or buying a house — that you want to achieve first? Read more

40 Self-Discovery Questions to Ask Yourself

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Through self-discovery you can come to better understand yourself, which overtime can benefit you in many ways. Practicing self-discovery, which can be done by answering a set of unique, thought provoking questions, as truthfully and with as little judgment as possible, can aid you in your quest to really get to know and find yourself.  Read more