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

The Mom to Not Mom Conversations

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Sometimes we forget that not every woman is wrapped up in motherhood and stinky diapers. Whether a personal choice or for reasons beyond control, we should be respectful of the conversations that we have with other women and remember, no two women are woven from the same fabric. Random thoughts from my BFF…

I am not a mom, unless you count three dogs, three birds and two guinea pigs, but I did not birth them, I can leave them in a cage when it works for me and when they die, I have to dig the hole myself. There is something you must understand about me, I do not ooze maternal instinct. I do not like the way that babies smell; it is not magical as far as I am concerned. I do not consider everything they do to be the most amazing thing to ever grace my Facebook newsfeed. I would rather stab myself repeatedly with a fork than to ever utter ‘baby talk’. Now if you’re my friend, you know these things about me and should essentially realize than some ‘girly’ conversations are best held with your other girlfriends. Read more

Bitchtastic Panties and Bird Shit

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I’m super excited to introduce a new section to MommiFried called: Random Thoughts From My BFF. You’ve read our twisted conversations on here before and have enjoyed them. So today, she is going solo. Sort of. Next step is getting her to actually press the publish button. 🙂 Read more