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

12 Types of Mold You May Encounter In Your Home

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Do you suffer from allergies or asthma in your home? Not sure what’s causing them? Unfortunately, the answer could be mold. Mold could be hiding throughout your home without you even realizing it.

There are more than 100,000 types of mold that are found both indoors and outdoors. Some of these varieties are harmless while others can be toxigenic. Even those that aren’t toxigenic can have harmful effects on those living in the home. Read more

6 Simple Self-Care Ideas for Moms

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There’s a lot that goes into being a mom. Constantly tending to the demands of your career and family, it can be hard to find the time and energy to spend on yourself. However, neglecting your own needs can lead to faster burnout, exhaustion, and a decline in your overall health.

Self-care for moms should be non-negotiable. In order to be the best mom you can be, you must learn to make time for yourself and prioritize your needs. Fortunately, there are simple ways you can show yourself some love: Read more

Choosing the Right Dance Style for You

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Dancing is an art form that almost anyone can master, from youngsters to the elderly. This heart-pumping activity can be a great way for children to expend energy, for families to bond, and for senior citizens to socialize. But did you know that you can dance your way to better health? From benefiting you mentally and physically to boosting your emotional well-being, getting your groove on can positively transform your life. Read more

Is Mold Hiding In Your Home?

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If you have a family, your home is filled with life. Although you may think that refers only to your kids running through the halls or your beloved pets snoozing in front of the fireplace, it doesn’t. Not all of the life your humble abode contains is good for you. There might be some uninvited guests residing deep within the many nooks and crannies of your house in the form of mold. If so, you and your loved ones could experience some unpleasant health issues—such as coughing, asthma, headaches and sometimes even worse. Before evicting this unwanted freeloader, however, you have to know where to look for it. 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

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