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

10 Easy Activities You Can Do With Your Kids Right Now

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“I’m bored,” is a phrase no parent ever wants to hear. When kids are restless and feel like they have nothing to do, it can be tempting to hand them an iPad or turn on the TV. But there are better ways to keep them entertained. Stop boredom in its tracks with these ten easy activities you can do with your kids right now. They require minimal equipment and materials and offer satisfyingly instant results. Read more

Holiday Road Trip Printables for Your Next Family Trip

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The holidays are right around the corner and many of you may be getting ready to hit the road to visit family or simply go on an adventure. Whether you’re expecting to hit a lot of traffic, as one does during this time of year, or your destination is just a long ways ahead, keeping the kiddos entertained will help make the ride go a lot smoother.

Although phones, tablets and video games are great to keep kids busy for quite some time, it’s always best to mix in some screen-free activities and downtime. These can be printable games, coloring pages or any other family bonding activities you like to play in the car. With that in mind, I thought I’d share these adorable holiday printables from Car Rentals Read more

Parents: How to Grow a Love of Reading in Your Children

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We all know how important reading is and all the benefits that it can bring into your child’s life. However, with the introduction of smartphones, tablets, game consoles and televisions, it’s hard to compete with this level of entertainment. But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible.

Today, we’re going to explore everything you need to know in order to create this love for reading in your children, allowing them to enjoy all the benefits that it provides. Read more

Maintaining a Healthy Family After a Split

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An understandable priority for anyone experiencing a break-down in their marriage is to guarantee the continued happiness and growth of their children, maintaining a healthy family in spite of the new pressures that have emerged after a split. Understandably, it can at times feel difficult, but with courage and the right preparation, you will be best-placed to continue providing for your family’s needs, ensuring as little disruption as possible occurs in the lives of young ones. Here are some steps towards creating a happy living environment for your kids after a break-down of your marriage. Read more

Tips For Staying Healthy This Fall and Winter

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As a mom, you are always running yourself ragged. Taking care of kids, errands, cooking, and cleaning doesn’t tend to leave much time for taking care of yourself. But as the weather gets colder and we delve deeper into the fall and winter months, self-care is more important than ever. No parent has time to get sick during these months of back-to-school, holidays, and everything in between.

To keep yourself healthy and in tip-top shape this fall and winter, consider these tips for self-care this fall: Read more

September is the Month to Prepare for Emergencies

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September is National Preparedness Month which means it’s the perfect time to start conversations with your families about what to do during emergencies. It can be challenging to teach children about emergencies since it’s such a scary topic, but it’s essential. Try to make learning about emergencies as fun as possible by having pop quizzes on the topics or taking field trips to learn more. This post is just a starting place for emergency preparedness. Make sure to have the conversations with your family that make sense for your situation. Read more

Decorating Ideas Using Garden Leftovers for Fall: Go Green this Halloween

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Is the air crisp? Are you feeling a little bit chilly in the evenings? Yes! Fall is here people. After you’ve prepared your garden for autumn, it is time for decorations. This year, we don’t want you to source plastic pumpkins and carving templates because you can have some fun making your own.

You’ll hear people refer to anything round, orange, and used for squash spiced lattes as pumpkin, which is generally true. In autumn, we want to concentrate on winter squash and gourds for our decorations. After all, it is the central theme for Halloween.

In collaboration with Oliver from Wonderland Gardens, we have rounded up the best ideas for Halloween celebrations. Read more

6 Spending Habits to Slash

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Though earning a raise is certainly nice, cutting expenses can also help you achieve financial freedom – or at the very least, save money for a rainy day. Though it may seem difficult, particularly if you’re on a fixed income and feel that all of your current expenses are justified, it is doable. And you may be paying for things that you don’t need to. Take a look at your monthly expenses and see if there’s any savings to be found. If you’re at a loss, here are six common spending habits that you should consider slashing from your monthly routine – it could reap dividends down the line! Read more