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

Face Yoga for Anti-Aging

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These days there are countless creams, serums, and injectibles available to help reduce signs of aging. While they’re effective, they can also come with numerous unwanted chemicals. For example, did you know that anti-wrinkle injections are actually botulinum toxins? Yes, that’s botulism. And while there are all-natural creams, you never know what’s in something unless you make it yourself. If you’re the kind of person that likes to avoid these altogether, or if you’d just like another anti-aging tool in your box, you may consider face yoga. 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

Printables for a DIY Travel Binder

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Whether you’re taking a road trip or traveling over the holidays, it can be hard to keep the little ones occupied. Even with snacks and screens, they can easily get bored. A travel binder is a great way to give each kiddo their own personal activities and is a great way to encourage their love for traveling. 

From coloring to playing games, kids can hunt for water towers out the window on their scavenger hunt or record their favorite memory of the trip in their journal. The Zebra created and collected more than 28 free travel binder printable activities for kids of all ages so you can get started making your own.  Read more

Child Development: Fine Motor, Speech, Language, and Hearing

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The number of development milestones that occur in a child’s first few years of life is truly awe-inspiring. Within just three short years, a newborn goes from being dependent on adults for absolutely everything to being able to ask two-word questions, open doors and draw simple shapes on a page. As a parent, it’s fun and exciting to see these changes. But it’s also useful to know which milestones are crucial for little ones to achieve so you can monitoring their proper development and growth. This can help you know whether your child is healthy and growing appropriately. 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

How to Make Your Kid’s Halloween Green

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We have officially entered into the season of pumpkin spice, apple picking and the exciting time of Halloween! While your kids are probably still debating about what they want to be for Halloween, we can all agree we want our kids to have the best Halloween possible. Something that’s equally as important as our children’s happiness is also taking care of the environment. With the health of mother earth being more important than ever, here are some opportunities to make your kids Halloween amazing but also as eco-friendly as possible! Read more

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