How to Keep Your Toddler Busy

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 6/22/2017 to Parenting Tips
how to keep your toddler busy

Sometimes you need your toddler to stay busy just for a few minutes so you can get some important work done around the house. Whether you need 20 minutes for paying your bills or to get a load of dishes in the dishwasher, keeping your toddler engaged in something can be a lifesaver.

If you struggle to find something to keep your active toddler busy with, here are a few ideas.

Swimming and Beach Safety for Your Child

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 6/19/2017 to Parenting Tips
beach safety for kids

Hitting the pool or the beach with your toddler can be a memorable, wonderful time. But it can also turn disastrous if you don’t pay close attention to the details.

Before you pack up the beach bag this summer, here are a few tips you might want to consider.

How to Pull Off a Successful Camping Trip with a Toddler

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 6/16/2017 to Parenting Tips
how to have a successful camping trip with a toddler

Camping is one of the best activities families can do to encourage togetherness and it can promote a lifelong love of nature.

But you aren’t sure if you want to tackle a camping trip when you have a toddler. What if they get bored or hurt?

The good news is that toddlers aren’t likely to become bored while camping because there will be more than enough going on to keep them entertained. And with a few simple precautions, you can make sure your toddler doesn’t get hurt either while camping.

How to Pack the Ultimate Diaper Bag for Vacations

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 6/13/2017 to Parenting Tips
packing the ultimate diaper bag

When you’re on vacation, packing a diaper bag becomes almost an art form. If you don’t give a lot of thought into every item you put in there, you run the risk of having a bag that lacks some of the essentials you need.

But if you overpack, you’re going to be stuck carting around a heavy bag wherever you go on your vacation.

Here are the items you should have in a diaper bag, whether you’re heading to the beach or simply roaming around a strange city.

Activities Your Toddler Will Love to do This Summer

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 6/8/2017 to Parenting Tips
summer activities for your toddler

The weather is finally turning nicer on a consistent basis and your toddler can’t wait to take advantage of it. But once the thrill of summer begins to fade, you’ll desperately need some fresh activities to keep your child entertained.

Here are some things you can do this summer to prevent your child from telling you that he’s bored.

How to Help Your Child with Speech Development

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 6/5/2017 to Parenting Tips
helping your child in speech development

For whatever reason, not all children learn to speak clearly without intervention from professionals. While you may not be able to prevent your child from needing a little early intervention in pre-school or grade school, you can give him his best chance for clear speech.

From the time he’s a toddler, here are some of the things you can do to help him with this important development.

Avoiding Sibling Jealousy

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 5/30/2017 to Parenting Tips
avoiding sibling rivalry

When you have just one kid, it’s pretty smooth sailing, aside from the normal developmental milestones your kid will run into like the Terrible Twos.

But when you introduce a second kid into the mix, or if you’re the parent of multiples and you’ve had more than one from the start, things get really interesting. While your kids are probably the best of friends, they can also have intense jealousy toward each other.

What can you do to avoid that sibling jealousy when they’re little?

Ways to Engage Your Baby's Brain

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 5/25/2017 to Parenting Tips
engaging your baby's brain

Your baby may not know much when she’s a newborn, but her capacity for learning is enormous. The number one way your baby will learn all she needs to know is by watching and listening to you. You’re her best source of information. You can help stimulate and shape her mind with a few simple tips.

Constipation Tips That Will Help Your Child

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 5/22/2017 to Parenting Tips
constipation in children

Now that you’re a mom, you’re going to spend a ridiculous amount of time worried about poop. You’ll be worried there’s too much, that it’s a strange color or that it’s the wrong consistency. And sometimes, you’ll even be worried when there’s too little.

When your baby is constipated, no one in your house will be happy until she gets some relief.

Fortunately, there are some things you can do to help your baby with constipation that don’t include using harsh laxatives.

Keeping Your House Safe for Your Baby

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 5/18/2017 to Parenting Tips
making your house safe for baby

If your baby is still in the infant stage, enjoy it while it lasts. Before long, your baby will be crawling and getting into everything. Keeping her safe will start to feel like a part-time job.

But how can you safeguard everything in your house when you don’t even know where to start?

By using these tips, your house will be in baby-proof shape in no time.

How to Prepare for Twins

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 5/5/2017 to Parenting Tips
how to prepare for twins

When you doctor informs you the ultrasound shows two babies in your belly instead of one, you can feel like you’ve had the wind knocked out of you, even if you are happy at the prospect of twins. After all, one baby is a lot work. But taking care of twins can feel like an impossible task, especially if you already feel overworked or if you’re going to be a single mom.

Like anything, the key to success is thorough preparation.

What to do When You Have a Biter

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 5/2/2017 to Parenting Tips
what to do with a biter

Now that your toddler has teeth, you’ve found out she isn’t afraid to use them. Everyone else is afraid though – her playmates, other parents, and especially you. You hate when she hurts other people by biting them.

And you’re not sure how much longer your friends will keep bringing their children over since lately they’ve been leaving every time with your daughter’s teeth marks imprinted on their skin. What can you do to stop your daughter from biting?

How to Tell When Your Toddler id Done With Naps

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 4/28/2017 to Parenting Tips
how to tell your toddler is done with naps

Your toddler takes epic two or three hour naps that have you practically screaming with delight. You love your child, but toddlers are exhausting and you look forward to the peace and quiet of naptime. That time gives you a chance to catch up on all the things you can’t do when he’s awake.

Your friends’ toddlers are starting to give up their naps and it will just be a matter of time before your child does as well. How can you tell when his napping days are a thing of the past?

Helping Toddlers Put Themselves to Sleep

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 4/25/2017 to Parenting Tips
putting toddlers to bed

You loved rocking your baby to sleep each night, but now that he’s a toddler you think it’s time he started putting himself to sleep.

If you want your toddler to be able to go to sleep independently, here are some tips.

How to Raise a Kid Who Will Not Quit

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 4/20/2017 to Parenting Tips
raising a kid that won't quit

Whether he’ll be trying to figure out a tough math problem, mastering the art of playing an instrument or attempting to hang in there when he has a demanding coach someday, your child’s key to success is a can-do attitude. And if you’re noticing your toddler would rather quit than commit when he tries new things, you can turn around his attitude with a few simple steps.

Rainy Day Activities Your Child Will Love

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 4/14/2017 to Parenting Tips
rainy day activities

Rainy days and spring go hand in hand. What doesn’t mix so well into that equation is your toddler, especially if you have a little one who likes to be outside as much as he can.

Here are some activities to cheer your toddler up when the weather isn’t cooperating with what he’d like to do.

Taking a Road Trip with a Toddler in Tow

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 4/11/2017 to Parenting Tips
road tripping with kids

Since spring is officially here, it’s the time of year when many families are loading up the car for a road trip.

Traveling when you have kids isn’t as carefree as it was during your child-free days. It requires planning and a lot of trouble-shooting to make sure you have a successful trip and as few meltdowns as possible. Here are some tips to make sure you have smooth sailing on your road trip.

How to Teach Your Child That Appearance Isn't Everything

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 4/6/2017 to Parenting Tips
appearance isn't everything

Taking pride in your appearance isn’t a bad thing – it can help you in the workplace and give you more confidence. But sometimes children’s focus on their looks zooms past showing concern about it and heads right into conceited territory.

How do you walk that fine line between teaching children about having pride in their appearance and focusing too much on it?

How to Encourage a Close Relationship Between Your Children

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 4/3/2017 to Parenting Tips
encouraging close relationships between siblings

If you have two children, you’ve been doubly blessed. But whether they are twins, triplets or singles, they’re bound to have times when they can’t get along at all. And when siblings aren’t getting along, the whole household tends to know it. The screaming, tattling and fighting can reach epic proportions.

What can you do to instill a sense of brotherly or sisterly love between your kids? Turns out, there’s a lot you can do to foster a close relationship between them.

3 Ways to Save Big Money During Your Baby's First Year

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 3/30/2017 to Parenting Tips
saving money

As every mom already knows, babies are expensive. There seems to be a never-ending list of supplies you need to buy, and some of those things you won’t need longer than a year.

If you’re starting to panic wondering how you’re possibly going to pay for everything, it’s okay. There are ways to cut corners, and some of those cost-saving measures are actually better for your baby anyway.

How to Stop Electronics from Stealing Your Family Time

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 3/20/2017 to Parenting Tips
don't electronics steal your family time

We live in a digital era. In today’s world, we manage most of our record keeping and communication through our computers, tablets and phones.

But while it’s a convenient way of doing things, it has come with a price. We’re always on our phones or catching up with someone on Facebook. If we aren’t careful, that can cause a big dent in the quality of our family time. Here are a few tips that will help us stop our devices from taking over our lives.

Alternatives to Spanking Your Child

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 3/17/2017 to Parenting Tips
alternatives to spanking

You’ve officially reached your child’s terrible twos, and you aren’t sure if you’re both going to make it through them unscathed. His behavior is awful and you don’t know how to best correct it.

If the thought of spanking your child leaves you in tears, you can breathe easy – there are other, more effective ways to punish your child and correct his future behavior.

Curing Your Inner Pack Rat

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 3/14/2017 to Life as a Mom
curing your inner pack rat

With every passing year, you might find your storage area grows smaller and smaller as you put bin after bin of your child’s outgrown items into that room. The solution to your storage problem isn’t a bigger house. It might be time to take a hard look at some of the contents in those bins and weed a few things out.

Here are some of things you might need to part with.

Raising a Bookworm

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 3/10/2017 to Parenting Tips
raising a bookworm

For many of us, there’s nothing better than curling up with a good book. Reading is a skill that will benefit your children throughout their school years and even throughout their lives. It will prove invaluable during their careers because some level of reading comprehension is required in almost every job.

Here are some ways to instill a love of reading in your child.

Teaching Your Child to Like Fruits and Vegetables

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 3/2/2017 to Parenting Tips
fruits and vegetables

Fruits and vegetables are incredibly important for your baby’s growing body. But some kids, especially as they get older, will avoid eating them at all costs. It’s your job as a parent to get them to eat more fruits and vegetables, at least 5 servings a day, whether it’s through bribery, trickery or a sheer battle of wills.

Here are some methods that will help you in your quest to keep your children stuffed full of fruits and vegetables.