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

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

The Perfect Work-Life Balance: How to Treasure Your Time

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Whether you’re a working mom or a stay-at-home caretaker, having a career that balances time and money isn’t some all-or-nothing endeavor. You don’t need to leave your life at home to have a job, and you don’t need to quit your job to spend more time at home. Thousands of mothers are finding new ways to build careers from their living room and making good money in the process. But more importantly, they’re doing it without sacrificing the most valuable resource: time. Read more

5 Tricks for Coping with Fall Sadness

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For some people fall is not a joyful season at all. It is quite sad to see shorter days, rainy evenings, and long, lonely nights stuck at home. But there are some ways how to cope with fall sadness and have a great time no matter the season! Here are five tricks for coping with fall sadness to get you started: Read more

Don’t Let a Tight Budget Stop Your Tailgating Fun

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Football dominates the fall sports season in the U.S. And with football comes tailgating. In recent years, the tailgate has been hijacked by people who insist on cooking Kobe burgers on artisanal breads, drink pricey microbrews and lug large-screen TVs. It’s high time to take tailgating back to its humbler roots. Grab your father’s battery-powered black-and-white portable TV and read on. Read more

Why Teens Don’t Pass the Written Portion of the Driver’s License Exam

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Your teen is looking forward to reaching one important milestone this year: getting his driver’s license. But sometimes things don’t go as planned and your teen fails the written part of the driving test. What went wrong? Here are a few reasons why your teen didn’t pass the exam and advice on how to prevent failure from happening again: Read more

The Best Tips & Tactics to Get Your Child to Sleep

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Do you dread bedtime at your house? Does your kiddo go running wild when it’s time to settle down for the night? Many parents have trouble getting their children to sleep, and it can be even more difficult for parents whose children have ADD. Kids with ADD have a hard time falling asleep and staying asleep, and some children even have problems waking in the morning. Help your children sleep more soundly — no matter their age or their ADD status — with these natural sleep tips. Read more

Summertime Fun: 4 Backyard Activities the Whole Family Can Enjoy

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School’s out for the summer, and all around the country moms are busy coming up with activities to keep our kids happy and active. One great way to do this? Get everyone outside for some family fun time. Although there are plenty of traditional games from which to choose like bocce ball, badminton and Marco Polo, you can also add your own twist to things. You and your kids will all love these backyard activities: Read more

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