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

Back-to-School DIY Lifehacks

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Another school year means the beginning of crazy schedules for parents. Hours of work in the office ends with weekday evenings packed tight with helping kids with schoolwork, logging reading minutes, preparing a healthy dinner and baths.

Busy weekdays blend into the weekend that’s equally packed with back-to-back sports games, school projects and maybe, maybe some downtime. For parents, the work never really ends. Read more

Dealing with Life When One Parent Is Incapacitated by an Accident on the Job

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Each and every day someone is injured on the job and according to statistics from the United States Department of Labor that number totals at least 13 deaths daily due to these injuries. That’s a figure totaling more than 4,800 fatalities a year throughout the entire country.

However, what happens when a parent isn’t killed on the job but is left with a permanent incapacity to work or carry on many of the tasks of daily living? If you or a loved one has been injured while undertaking a job-related task, on the clock that is, what recourse do you have? How will you support your minor children and continue living knowing that you can never work again? Here are a few things you might need to know. Read more

Why Vegas Isn’t a Destination That’s Purely for Adults

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At first glance, Las Vegas may not seem like the most appealing place to take a fun family holiday with the kids. With a reputation for its vibrant nightlife and casinos and a nickname like ‘Sin City’, it’s really no surprise that the majority of parents don’t think of Las Vegas as their first choice for a family getaway. But, this all might be able to change as Las Vegas is a city that has a lot to offer for all the family. Aside from their adult-only attractions, Vegas is full of things to see and do that will keep both you and your little ones happy. Read more

Convenience and Comfort — A Bright Future in Home Automation

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We’ve seen examples of home automation in movies for decades, but an industry geared toward the masses is only now taking off. From a smart digital thermostat that can make your home a more comfortable place, to an automatic lock that doesn’t require keys, home automation is here. Read more

When Spending More Means Saving More

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A penny saved is a penny earned. Save for a rainy day. A fool and his money are soon parted.

Since we were little, we probably heard these expressions and more about the value of saving money compared to spending it. While it’s fine to live frugally and spend money carefully, it’s also important to know when it’s appropriate to spend a bit more for a better quality product that will last much longer. The following examples illustrate when buying cheap does not pay off. Read more

Summer To-Do List: Prepping for a Season of Sun and Fun

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It’s that magical time of year when the smell of newly cut grass fills the air and the evenings are enticingly mild. It’s a time for parties and picnics and pools. A time when the children are home from school all day. ALL day. Every day. For weeks. But with a little planning and preparation, the summer season can be a relaxing and enjoyable experience for the whole family. Read more

When Should My Kid Get a Bank Account?

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Parents who are financially savvy should never pass up an opportunity to teach their children about fiscal responsibility. One of the things you can do is to use coupons when you head to the store, so that your children can learn about the importance of saving money. It’s such an easily accessible option nowadays, as just a few clicks on a couponing site such as Discountrue.com will let you get great discounts in Target and other popular shops. Another thing is to let your kid manage their money.  The idea of giving your child their own bank account can be nerve wracking for some parents, but there are a couple of simple tips that will let you determine if that’s the right decision! Read more

Make Every Minute Count: 3 Easy Ways to Connect With Your Kids

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A majority of American parents report that it is very to somewhat difficult to find a work-life balance that allows them to spend the amount of time they want with their families, according to PewResearchCenter. Americans are busy. A recent study found that Americans average 47 hours a week at work, with 25 percent of salaried workers reporting that they logged at least 60 hours a week, states a Gallup poll. Throw in the ever-increasing commute times and there aren’t many hours left to spend with the family. Read more