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

The Best and Worst Things to Buy on Black Friday

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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 every type of purchase is optimal for Black Friday discounts. Before you head off to grab once a year prices on a slew of different products, take the time to know which deals are worth watching and which are worth letting pass you by. Here are a few of the best and worst things to buy on Black Friday. Read more

Sweater Hugs, Here and Now, and From Beyond

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At the far end of my closet, a familiar sweater sways from a bamboo hanger. It’s no longer the lush white it once was, and the scent of Chantilly perfume faded away years ago. But it’s hers, and it’s mine, and with it, we will always be together. At least, that’s what my grieving mind still tells me.

Its rows of intricate stitches are cool from weeks of being tucked away in the dark. I give it a gentle shake and hold it up near the bedroom window, warming both my hands and the fabric in the evanescent rays of sun. Light drifts through its many diamond-shaped holes – the open chasms between loops of knotted yarn. I drape the soft remembrance around my shoulders, as I have many times before, and crisscross the sides just above the bridge of my nose. It’s a secret ritual, and one I perform alone. Read more

Children and a Puppy: Helping Kids Learn to Interact

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The excitement of getting a new puppy addition to a family is palpable. Especially when you have kids. Having a pet in the house is something that kids of all ages love and something that can also be beneficial to the development of children as they grow. A pet in the family teaches children about respect, and can actually positively affect a child’s self-confidence. Children can also learn about empathy and communication from their little furry friends.

Bringing a puppy into your home is not unlike having a baby in the house again. Cleaning up toilet messes, making sure they eat, sleep, and play. Then there’s teaching them how to behave well around other animals and around people. Kids don’t always understand that a puppy needs to be taught as they are too excited at the prospect of playing with the puppy. In this respect, there are two parts to puppy socialization – teaching the puppy and helping your child learn and learn from their mistakes as training progresses. Read more

How to Make Your Own Healthy Acai Bowl

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Do you feel like starting your day on a healthy tip? Why not go with an acai bowl for breakfast this morning? It’s hard to believe this delicious treat is good for you – bursting with color, flavor, and nutrients for your body.

There are various recipes to try, and it only takes a few minutes to put together. Take it with you to work for a healthy snack or enjoy it at any time of the day when you feel like an energy boost and some extra calories. Read more

How to Help Your Child Improve Their Writing Skills

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Have you ever seen that Grammarly ad on YouTube? The one that emphasizes how important writing skills are? While I have been interrupted and highly annoyed by it at least half-a-hundred times, it does have a point. We should all focus on improving our writing skills at some time or another. Even as adults. However, our children are the ones who can benefit from giving them a boost – being able to write easily, effortlessly, in different styles and on different subjects makes all kinds of aspects of life more enjoyable and less stressful.

From kindergarten to university and beyond, writing is a skill that will never let you down – I should know, I’ve turned it into a career and have firmly stuck to it as a hobby as well. Let’s look at 10 ways you can help your child improve their own writing skills: Read more

The Pros and Cons of Distance Education

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We continue to pilot our new way of living amidst the COVID-19 outbreak, and for many families, this includes adjusting to remote learning. As more schools have put restrictions on the number of students and teachers allowed within school buildings, parents have now taken on the role of playing a larger part in their child’s education.

Although distance learning brings new challenges and adjustments, there are also many exciting advantages to this education style. Here are a few of the pros and cons of distance education and what to expect when schooling from home. Read more

Telehealth Therapy for Kids: Benefits and How it Works

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We are all facing unprecedented challenges right now from a range of sources. With schedule changes, working from home, remote learning, social distancing, and other drastic changes to our daily lives, everyone is dealing with a lot. While we focus on taking care of ourselves and adapting to all these changes, we might forget about other people in our lives that do not have the skills to handle these trying times. Amidst all this uncertainty, we might forget that kids are going through all of these changes too, and they do not have the maturity or life experience to cope with these extreme changes. Thankfully, the current times have created a way for anyone, kid or adult, to talk with a therapist to help manage these stressful situations. Telehealth can help anyone, but it is particularly essential for kids who do not have the skills to deal with the drastic changes happening in their life. Read more

How to Navigate Distance and Hybrid Learning With Your Kids

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This school year is a little bit different – how is it going? Whether the schools in your area have opted for distance, hybrid, or in-person learning, finding your footing as a support system for your kids has become a bit more challenging. These tips can help effectively navigate the world of distance and hybrid learning in your home. Read more

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