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

How to Protect Your Kids From Summer Home Hazards

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If summer brings about happy memories taking extended vacations or lots of family time in the backyard, you’re not alone. Summer is one of the favorite seasons for families across the nation, and for good reason. But this year, summer looks a little different, as we all are staying home and avoiding traveling to keep ourselves (and others) safe. Read more

Common Sexual Health Myths Debunked

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Myths and misconceptions about sexual health are surprisingly common. While over the decades there has been a shift towards more education on sex and reproductive health, it’s not always enought ot debunk the popular myths surrounding intimacy, STIs, and reproductive health that many people still have. In fact, as of 2017, only about half of adolescents (57% of females and 43% of males) admitted they received formal instruction about pregnancy and birth control methods before they had intercourse for the first time.  Read more

How to Spot Leaky Gut Syndrome in Kids

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Our children’s health and well-being are always a parent’s top concern, now more than ever. It can be especially difficult when a child is having difficulties or health issues that are not easily explained. A leaky gut can be the cause of a slew of symptoms and is actually a lot more common than you may realize. Understanding some of the common causes of a leaky gut as well as the remedies to try and fix it, you will likely relieve a lot of symptoms you may have thought were unrelated and finally get your kid back to feeling 100 percent. Read more

Effects, Causes, & Prevention of Childhood Obesity

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Does your child seem overweight to you? Is he or she fairly sedentary? Do you worry about your family’s nutritional intake? Childhood obesity is serious; it is associated with many physical, social, and emotional problems.

The accompanying infographic, Childhood Obesity: Consequences, Causes, & Prevention, provides a brief overview of the problem, its possible causes and ways to treat and/or prevent childhood obesity. Once you understand how devastating the consequences may be, you will be better prepared to deal with the problem. You may want to begin with a visit to your child’s doctor. He or she can confirm the extent of the problem and offer helpful suggestions. Read more

Lose Weight, Feel Great, and Emerge from Isolation with Your Health Intact

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If you’ve gained a few pounds during the pandemic, you’re not alone. Many of us have found that there is a little bit more to squeeze into our jeans. Fortunately, the same way the weight found itself to your waistline is the same way it will exit your body: through the way you eat. Read more

5 Family Vacation Spots Outside Florida

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Florida offers families Disney Land, LEGOLAND, and the Universal Resort all within driving distance. However, while this might sound ideal, it is not always the case that all families want this type of vacation every time. We all love the familiar, but sometimes a vacation should be an opportunity for families to explore, talk, relax, and reconnect through new experiences. The US is a vast and varied country with so much to see and do, so why not get out there with the kids and make the most of it? This article highlights 5 wonderful vacation spots for families looking to venture further afield. 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

The Right of First Refusal and Parenting Time

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In a divorce or custody matter, each parent is allocated parenting time with the minor children. A parent’s schedule with their children may be every other weekend, it may be one week on, one week off. No matter what the parent’s schedule is, the parenting time is for the parent and no one else.  Many parents, however, will pick up their children and then just drop the children off with their mother, a daycare, or their new partner. Parents who won’t even spend all of their parenting time with their children still ask for time with their children in order to reduce child support. Child support is usually determined by the parents incomes and the overnight visits the children have assigned to each parent.

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