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

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

Tips for a Fabulous Fall Yard (and Beyond!)

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Autumn is not the time to ignore your lawn and landscape. In fact, the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) reminds homeowners that what they do this fall will determine the quality of the family yard next spring and summer. According to Kris Kiser, President and CEO of OPEI, “Fall is the perfect time of year to use your outdoor power equipment for mowing, mulching, aerating, trimming, and patching the yard. The family yard produces oxygen, reduces the urban heat island effect, filters and captures runoff, improves air quality, absorbs carbon dioxide, supports biodiversity, and controls erosion.  Everyone – families, pets, and our wildlife — benefits when the yard is in top shape.”

OPEI offers the following tips to make sure you have a fabulous family yard this fall and beyond. Read more

Tips For Getting A Service Dog

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For children with disabilities, service dogs can be wonderful assets. These animals undergo lengthy and exacting training to enable them to help with everything from completing daily tasks to surviving emergency situations. If you’re thinking about getting a service dog for your child, here are some helpful considerations. Read more

Staying Safe: How to Keep Your Family Home Secure

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With a burglary occurring around every 20 seconds in the US, it is more important than ever that you keep your family home safe and secure. Whether you have recently moved and want to install the relevant security features or you are concerned about the welfare of your family and want to update the security measures you currently have in place, there are many different ways that you can ensure your family remains safe in their home. While it is often easy to neglect your home security, by making a few changes and being aware of some of the top security tips, you can ensure that your home is a safe environment that all of the family can feel relaxed in. Therefore, we have put together some helpful tips and advice on how to stay safe and keep your family home secure.

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Crafty Natural Bug Remedies

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With the summer heatwave in full swing, many families are heading indoors to enjoy some welcome AC. However, your home can be a less-than-relaxing place to hang out when you have a bug infestation on your hands. Instead of resorting to harmful pesticides, you can actually take advantage of natural ingredients found in your home! From TurboTenant, here are several DIY bug repellent recipes to help your family stay safe and healthy. 

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5 Powerful Ideas to Help Your Autistic Child Speak

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When your child is on the autism spectrum, they can have a wide range of verbal issues, including being non-verbal. A recent study showed that children who are still non-verbal by age 4 will still grow up and have some form of verbal communication.

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How to Keep Your Kids Healthy and Safe at All Times

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When you have kids, one of the things that you tend to be inclined to try and do is keep them protected. You want to have the peace of mind that they are far away from harm and always in a safety net. There are several ways that you can do this which include taking precautions and also teaching them to be cautious as they grow too. Although the reality is that there will be situations that are beyond your control, there are some that you can control. Here is how you can keep your kids safe and healthy at all times.

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