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

Helping Your Child Cope with Cyberbullying

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Teenage Girl Victim Of Bullying By Text Messaging

Bullying isn’t a new concept, but technology has allowed kids to connect with each other in a lot of different ways. Cyberbullying has received a lot of attention over the last few years because it is a big problem among kids of all ages. It’s important for you to monitor your child’s online activity to be aware of any problems and help them cope with cyberbullying. Read more

Four Ways to Stay Sane During a Nasty Divorce

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Going through a divorce is never a pleasant process, whether you’re the initiator or not. With half of marriages in the U.S. alone ending in court, tying the knot only gives you a 50/50 chance of ‘happy ever after’ these days.

But, getting divorced doesn’t need to ruin your life. In fact, if you’ve been in the wrong marriage, it will impact your life (and your ex-spouse’s) for the better. Some people simply aren’t meant to be together; they hold each other back and drag each other down. In this situation, divorce can sadly be your only chance of happiness.

So, what do you do to stay positive when your marriage comes crashing down? These four things can help. Read more

Five No-Brainer Ways to Make Exercise a Permanent Part of Your Busy Lifestyle

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From getting the kids up and out to keeping your home running smoothly to handling emergencies on the fly, being a mom is an around-the-clock job. Who has time for complicated exercise routines that make the day even more stressful? When you’re this busy, you need a smart workout plan that won’t put you behind schedule. The creative, mom-approved shortcuts below make staying fit quick and simple. Read more

3 Easy Ways to Help Your Family Feel at Home in a New House

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After what seemed like endless weeks of packing up boxes, loading all of your precious belongings into a moving truck and driving hundreds of miles, you are now sitting in your new home.

While you are relieved to have the big move behind you, your kids may not feel the same way. Don’t forget that they have also experienced the stresses associated with moving, and they are probably nervous about making new friends, starting a new school and getting used to a whole new house and neighborhood.

To help your new house feel more like a home, consider the following tips: Read more

Gift Buying Guide for the Most Difficult Recipients

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Every year as you wrap up your Christmas shopping, it happens. You’re double-checking your list and have almost everyone covered … except Uncle Tim and your best friend Jane. Again. We all have one or two of these folks in our lives, the ones who either seem to have it all or the ones who just don’t seem to like much of anything. It’s easy to get frustrated when considering gifts for either of these types, but don’t despair! Here are a few ideas to get your wheels turning for some of these special people in your life. Read more

Parenting Tips: How To Help Your Child Transition Into A New School

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Moving to a new place, where you child will attend a new school, is a nerve-racking experience. There is anxiety for both you and your child about the nuances of the school environment and the experiences they will encounter. You can calm your fears with a little bit of research and planning. Turn that anxiety into excitement — find opportunities for optimism, instigate early introductions, identify school logistics, make searching for living arrangements a group effort and explore possibilities for community relations. Here are some tips on how you and your child can make a the positive transition to a new school: Read more

5 Ways to Commit to a Stress-Free Holiday Season 

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Creating the perfect holiday also creates stress. Stress about holiday calories, finances, gifts and social event schedules starts to add up, especially if you’re trying to maintain your regular routine of work and family obligations. In 2015, Entrepreneur reported on a Healthline survey that found that generation Xers felt the most stress (65 percent), followed by baby boomers (62 percent) and millennials (61 percent).

As the season approaches, know that there are ways to minimize your stress. This year you can focus on celebrating the holidays with joy and gratitude instead of worrying about your stress levels. 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