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

Rent Vs. Buy: Weighing The Pros & Cons

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Whether you’re a young family or thinking about starting one, where you can live is one of the biggest questions you’ll have. Younger couples and single parents often have numerous financial restrictions that make planning for this aspect of their lives more important and challenging. Before deciding which neighborhood they want to move into, however, they must choose between renting and buying. Read more

A Parent’s Checklist For Children’s Oral Health

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Your child’s oral hygiene is a vital part of his or her overall health. Children who learn good dental care at a young age are more likely to continue their excellent brushing and flossing habits throughout their lives. With proper coaching, you can help your child establish a daily dental routine that will protect against plaque, cavities and gum disease for years to come. Consistent dental care at home and regular visits to the dentist are imperative to helping children maintain healthy teeth and gums. Read more

8 Fun and Simple Hairstyles for Your Daughter

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The pressure of mornings takes on a new level of chaos when you are a parent who has to work and also prepare your children for daycare or school. On top of packing lunches, eating breakfast, and brushing teeth, there’s also getting your daughter’s hair done for the day. Who has time for complicated hairstyles? Don’t worry. Here’s a collection of fun and simple hairstyles for your daughter complete with some cute hair accessories and by Scunci. Read more

4 Ideas for Creating Memorable Christmas Cards

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Like decorating the Christmas tree and baking cookies, sending out Christmas cards continues to be an annual tradition for many families — one that has a fair share of history behind it.

The Christmas card was born in the early 19th century, when handwritten holiday letters were sent to loved ones. In fact, it was Sir Henry Cole who had the novel idea of responding to all these letters by sending a single card to everyone; all he had to do was address and sign the card. Read more

How to Make Your Home Safe for Kids

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Whether your toddler has suddenly started crawling or your teenager has just come stomping in through the door, the job of a parent never finishes. Your home is where you want to rest and relax, but it’s just not possible if you don’t get everything safe for kids. To stop you pulling your hair out with worry we’ve put together a list of some of the basics you’ll want to consider. Take a look, put the advice into practice, and then finally put your feet up, knowing that your kids are okay. Read more

Saving Energy at Home: What You Need to Know

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It is fair to say that everyone likes saving money. Paying less for something is desirable and universally understood. One of the most common expenses in households around the world is the electricity or power bill. By reducing the amount of power you use, you will also lower your bill. There are some incredibly easy and free ways to accomplish this, but there are more drastic options for those ready to seriously dive in. This article will delve into both the simple and complex methods to use less energy at home.  Read more

The Benefits of Music + 5 Family Playlists to Dance and Sing to

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As we all know, dancing and singing with our little ones is one of the sweeter things in life, especially when it’s a tune we all dig! What you may have not known are all the wonderful benefits of simply listening to music! Did you know that music helps develop cognitive and motor skills? Or that music engages areas of the brain which are involved with attention, predictions, and events in memory? Music also boosts creativity in kids and inspires them to create! Now it’s time to start bumping that stereo with your little ones.  Read more

Digital Do’s and Don’ts at a Wedding

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Your phone has become an extension of your body—you never leave the house without it and you need it for just about every task; from taking pictures to telling your friends the random thought that just came across your mind. But when you attend a wedding, there are rules for what you should and shouldn’t do with your phone. These do’s and don’ts will make sure that you are following proper wedding etiquette. Read more