The Best and Worst Things to Buy on Black Friday

Black Friday is one of the biggest shopping days of the year and has been a culture installation for generations. Many people use Black Friday to kick off the holiday season, and businesses are more than happy to keep the tradition alive. There are certainly some fantastic deals you can find on Black Friday, but there are also some deals that are not as good as they seem. Some items are ideal to buy on Black Friday, but not Read more

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

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

5 Fun Cleaning Games to Teach Your Kids How to Clean House

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After a long day, the last thing you want to do is step on a rogue Lego or put your hand in a sticky pile of spilled juice. But with kids? Anything is possible. However, the burden of cleaning doesn’t all have to fall on your shoulders. Teaching your kids to clean can help them develop good habits that will prevent any messy playrooms or crumb-covered countertops. And what’s more? You can even teach them to have fun while doing it. 

We’ve compiled a list of fun cleaning games  that can help your kids learn to love cleaning. Read more

Simple Self-Care Practices to Relax and Recharge Breastfeeding Mothers

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There are many advantages to breastfeeding a baby, but it can be stressful, time-consuming, painful, and downright exhausting. And when you add caring for a newborn on top of all that, you may not have the time, energy, or motivation to do much else — let alone focus on self-care. However, self-care is essential to the health and well-being of you and your baby — and the following practices from Mommifried can help to give your mind, body, and soul the attention it needs as you breastfeed your newborn and adjust to motherhood.  Read more

Sweater Hugs, Here and Now, and From Beyond

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At the far end of my closet, a familiar sweater sways from a bamboo hanger. It’s no longer the lush white it once was, and the scent of Chantilly perfume faded away years ago. But it’s hers, and it’s mine, and with it, we will always be together. At least, that’s what my grieving mind still tells me.

Its rows of intricate stitches are cool from weeks of being tucked away in the dark. I give it a gentle shake and hold it up near the bedroom window, warming both my hands and the fabric in the evanescent rays of sun. Light drifts through its many diamond-shaped holes – the open chasms between loops of knotted yarn. I drape the soft remembrance around my shoulders, as I have many times before, and crisscross the sides just above the bridge of my nose. It’s a secret ritual, and one I perform alone. Read more

How to Help Your Child Improve Their Writing Skills

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Have you ever seen that Grammarly ad on YouTube? The one that emphasizes how important writing skills are? While I have been interrupted and highly annoyed by it at least half-a-hundred times, it does have a point. We should all focus on improving our writing skills at some time or another. Even as adults. However, our children are the ones who can benefit from giving them a boost – being able to write easily, effortlessly, in different styles and on different subjects makes all kinds of aspects of life more enjoyable and less stressful.

From kindergarten to university and beyond, writing is a skill that will never let you down – I should know, I’ve turned it into a career and have firmly stuck to it as a hobby as well. Let’s look at 10 ways you can help your child improve their own writing skills: Read more

The Pros and Cons of Distance Education

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We continue to pilot our new way of living amidst the COVID-19 outbreak, and for many families, this includes adjusting to remote learning. As more schools have put restrictions on the number of students and teachers allowed within school buildings, parents have now taken on the role of playing a larger part in their child’s education.

Although distance learning brings new challenges and adjustments, there are also many exciting advantages to this education style. Here are a few of the pros and cons of distance education and what to expect when schooling from home. Read more

How to Navigate Distance and Hybrid Learning With Your Kids

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This school year is a little bit different – how is it going? Whether the schools in your area have opted for distance, hybrid, or in-person learning, finding your footing as a support system for your kids has become a bit more challenging. These tips can help effectively navigate the world of distance and hybrid learning in your home. Read more

How to Prevent a 5 A.M. Wake Up From Your Toddler

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Sleep deprived parents often experience the nightmare of early rising toddlers ready to start their day. Here are some essential bedtime tips to manage toddlers sleep schedules and keep them waking up at a time that allows everyone to get the sleep they need. 

Make the Days Busy!

An active toddler is happy toddler whether it be physical or mental activity. The busier your toddler is during the day, the more they will need their full hours of sleep. Days can be spent heading outside to gardens, parks and playgrounds to give them a chance to run around and burn up some energy. There’s nothing wrong with a bit of screen time for your toddler when they want to relax and when you need a little break but it’s important to refrain from overloading on cartoons. Instead, time inside could be spent on creative pursuits like drawing or playing with Play-Doh.  Read more

Diagnosing Mental Health Disorders in Children

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As adults, it is our responsibility to take care of our children — physically, mentally, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually. We do our best to guide them into a successful adulthood by meeting all their needs and providing for at least some of their wants. It’s a big job, as every parent knows.

Even before birth, we read everything we can find about taking care of our kids and what to do when something happens. There is a lot of advice out there about physical and mental health in children, but some of it is contradictory or confusing. When it comes to our children’s physical health, things are a bit more clear-cut. We are constantly on the alert for symptoms of physical sickness, and we call the doctor at the first sign of trouble. But what about our children’s mental health? This is much more complicated. Read more

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