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

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

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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When is the Right Time to Start Your Family?

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So, you’re thinking about having a baby. You’re excited at the prospect, but a little nervous too. That’s normal — after all, becoming a parent is a life-changing decision. How do you know if the time is right to start a family?

The answer will depend on a number of factors. Are you in good health and ready to take on the responsibility of caring for a child? Are you willing to put a baby’s needs ahead of yours for years to come? Do you have other dreams or pursuits — such as traveling or buying a house — that you want to achieve first? Read more

Gestational Diabetes: Tips for Keeping You and Your Baby Safe

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Each year, gestational diabetes affects 2% to 10% of pregnancies in the United States. Inevitably, the female body undergoes several common alterations while pregnant. Having increased levels of blood sugar is one of them. For some, it gets to an all-time high that needs to be carefully regulated and may result in prescribed medications. Whether you’re diagnosed or not, educating yourself is crucial when maintaining a healthy balance for you and your developing child. Read below for some tips on keeping you and your baby safe during pregnancy with gestational diabetes. Read more

How to Talk to Kids About Death

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There’s an endemic going on. No, we’re not talking about obesity or any viruses. We’re talking about the lack of coping skills and emotional intelligence there is in the general population. Think about the oldest generation, the ones the kids call “boomers”. They’re likely your parents age, or maybe your grandparents age.

That generation wasn’t taught to express their feelings, even though they went through World Wars and even fought in them. We’ve seen how bottled up they can be emotionally, and the kind of long-term mental health damage it does. Needless to say, no one wants that for their kids. One of your duties as a parent is to prepare your child for all the things in life, the good and the bad, including losing loved ones.

Need to know how to talk to kids about death? We’re breaking it down into age groups, below. Read more

How to Prepare Your Home for a Child

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It can be very daunting to tackle the preparation of your home in time for a newborn (though, of course, not as daunting as the prospect of a newborn itself!). Nevertheless, it’s a crucial step in getting your home ready for its new family. Preparing your home doesn’t just mean having all your new baby-items ready-to-go; it also means thinking practically about the setup and condition of your home. Read more

A Budget-Friendly Guide to Transforming a Home for a Child on the Autism Spectrum

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For children on the autism spectrum, it can be challenging to find safe, comforting spaces, even at home. That’s why it’s so important for parents to take the time to create areas where their children on the spectrum can thrive, but it can be an expensive endeavor. Making design changes and creating features that will not only help your child feel safe but will also encourage them to learn and play can be tricky, but there are some ways to do it without breaking the bank.

Here are some tips to help you get started: Read more

Presidents’ Day Printable Activities

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Wondering how you’re going to keep your little ones busy over the Presidents’ Day long weekend? Coupon Chief has you covered with these free printable activities you and your kiddos can do together! Whether you print them out to keep your littles entertained while you run errands this Presidents’ Day weekend or do them at home just for fun, these activities will teach your kids a bit of American history, important money-counting skills, and creative writing.

Grab the printables for free by visiting the Coupon Chief blog –- be sure to check out their collection of Presidents’ Day deals while you’re there!  Read more

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