How to Break Your Child of the Hitting Habit

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 9/21/2017 to Parenting Tips
how to break your kid of the hitting habit

When your toddler starts hitting other children, grandparents, random strangers and even you, it’s time to deal with that problem before it gets any more out of hand.

If your toddler’s aggression is out of control, here are some methods to help you cope while you nip this bad habit in the bud.

7 Classic Books Your Toddler Will Love

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 9/14/2017 to Parenting Tips
classic books your child will love

We all know how important reading is to a child’s development and how an early introduction to books could help foster a lifelong love of reading. But picking out material that your child is sure to love isn’t easy.

If you’re looking for a book that your child will always cherish, here are some timeless classics that have delighted generations of children.

Keep Your Child’s Room Organized With These Tips

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 9/7/2017 to Parenting Tips
keeping your child's room organized

You may think you have a handle on the organization of your child’s room, but it can all quickly spiral out of control. All it takes is a birthday with an influx of gifts for your child and suddenly you realize that their bedroom can’t hold everything anymore.

If you’re wondering where to put everything and how to organize it, here are some tips to help you.

Old-Fashioned Activities Your Child Will Love

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 9/4/2017 to Parenting Tips
old fashioned activities for your child

In today’s fast-paced world, it can be difficult for a child to grasp how different things were for you and their grandparents when you were kids.

Whether you’re trying to introduce them to things you held precious when you were a kid or show them how your parents liked to pass their time, here are a few ideas that will be sure to delight them.

What Your Child Can Learn from Preschool

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 9/1/2017 to Parenting Tips

what your child can learn from preschool

Parents are often split on whether their child should attend preschool or if they should just wait until kindergarten to attend school. Some parents hate the thought of their little baby heading off to school and figure they can just cover the basics at home themselves.

But while your child is at preschool, they are learning far more than just how to count to 10 or differentiate between colors. Here is what they really spend that time learning.

Why a Love of Music Will Benefit your Child

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 8/28/2017 to Parenting Tips
a love of music will benefit your child

Kids are naturally drawn to music – they love to hear their favorite songs, hear their parents sing and try to sing themselves.

But music is more than just a simple pleasure. It can actually be great for your child in a number of ways.

How to Help Friends Who Have Preemies

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 8/24/2017 to Parenting Tips
helping moms with preemies

If you’ve heard a friend has recently had her baby much earlier than expected, you may be struggling for ideas as to how you can best help her. Depending upon how early the baby was born, your friend’s baby may have a lengthy hospital stay and your friend will be under a lot of stress.

Here is what you can do to help.

How to Help Your Child with the Pain of a Sunburn

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 8/22/2017 to Parenting Tips
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With summer still underway, there are several weeks left for you to face the arch nemesis of parents everywhere – the dreaded sunburn.

Sometimes despite our best efforts, our children still end up with a sunburn during the summer months. It’s easy to do, even if you are fairly vigilant about reapplying sunblock. Sometimes the time just slips away from us and before we know it, our children have pink faces and shoulders.

While nothing totally takes away the pain of a bad sunburn, there are a few things you can do to help your toddler deal with it.

What to Do When Your Baby Falls

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 8/17/2017 to Parenting Tips
what to do when baby falls

As your baby becomes more mobile, she’s going to fall at some point and when that happens, she could potentially injure herself. Most times though, that fall will probably hurt you more than your baby.

But just because we may not be able to prevent falls, it doesn’t mean we don’t worry about them after they happen. If you find yourself unsure of what to do after your baby falls, here are some tips.

Finding the Right Bassinet for Your Baby

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 8/14/2017 to Gifts for Baby
finding a bassinet for baby

If you’re still a few dollars short of saving for your dream crib or you love the idea of co-sleeping, a bassinet may be your best bet. This won’t be a permanent sleep solution for your baby, but it should be enough to get him by for the first three months or so.

With so many choices on the market, however, finding the right bassinet for your baby can be a little tricky. Here are some tips to point you in the right direction.

How to Deal with Your Child Stretching the Truth

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 8/10/2017 to Parenting Tips
stretching the truth

Everybody lies once in a while – sometimes it’s to get out of trouble and other times it’s to spare someone’s feelings. But you had always hoped to have an open and honest relationship with your child and lately you’ve noticed your toddler lying to you.

What can you do to encourage him to tell the truth, even when he doesn’t want to?

Parenting Then and Now

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 8/3/2017 to Parenting Tips
parenting then and now

When many of us were young, our upbringing was vastly different than what our kids are experiencing now as they grow up. Let’s look at some of the ways our childhoods were different than our children’s childhoods are and what we can do about the changes we don’t like.

Why You Should Work on Being an Includer

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 7/31/2017 to Parenting Tips
why you should work on being an includer

We’ve all seen cliques, whether they’ve been in the movies, in the workplace or from our days back in high school. They’re an exclusive bunch who rarely lets anyone else make the cut into their tight social circle. And sometimes they relish the opportunity to let other people know that they aren’t seen as good enough to hang out with them.

As a parent, it’s helpful for your child to see you taking other people’s feelings into account and widening your social circle. He’ll be likely to follow your lead. Both he and his classmates will benefit from it. You could positively impact a young life, someone who needs a friend, just by teaching your child to be an includer. Here’s how you can do it.

Helping Your Child Fall Asleep in a Hotel

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 7/27/2017 to Parenting Tips
helping your child fall asleep in a hotel

When you’re on a road trip, your child will have a blast seeing all the new sights. But when it comes time to settle in for the night, he might be less than enthused.

Going to sleep in a strange place can be difficult for toddlers. If you both want to survive the night with your sanity intact, there are a few tips you can use to get some shuteye.

How to Wean Your Child Off the Pacifier

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 7/18/2017 to Parenting Tips
weaning your child off the pacifier

Your child loves his binky, but, according to the pediatrician, he’s old enough that you need to start weaning him off of it. You know you’re in for the fight of your life because he freaks out if he notices it has been missing for even five minutes.

Here are some tips to make the transition a little less painful for your toddler.

Simple Tricks to Keep Your Child Safe Online

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 7/13/2017 to Parenting Tips
keeping your kids safe online

Whether you’ve just delivered your bundle of joy or you’ve been at this parenthood thing for a couple of years, you probably love showing people pictures of your beautiful baby. And who can blame you? Your child is the light of your life and you have every reason to be proud.

But if you’re sharing those photos online so friends and relatives who don’t live nearby can see them, there are a few safety precautions you should take. We live in a scary, unpredictable world so it’s best to use caution at all times.

Choosing a Sippy Cup for Your Child

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 7/10/2017 to Parenting Tips
choosing a sippy cup for your child

If you’re ready to start transitioning your child to a sippy cup, there are a few things you should consider first. You don’t want the type of cup you choose to derail their success. You actually need to give careful thought to which cup you pick out.

Here are some of the things you’ll need to decide.

How to Keep Your Child Safe From the Sun

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 7/6/2017 to Parenting Tips
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With summer in full force, you might be concerned about giving your child too much fun in the sun. With skin cancer on the rise and experts saying that early childhood sunburns set the stage for future problems, you might be trying to look for ways to keep your child from being burned or too deeply tanned.

Going to an Amusement Park with Toddlers

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 7/3/2017 to Parenting Tips
taking children to amusement parks

Toddlers and amusement parks have a love-hate relationship. Many toddlers love the age-appropriate rides they go on, but the rest of the time they spend in the park isn’t nearly as much fun for them.

Going Grocery Shopping with Your Child? Use These Tricks

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 6/29/2017 to Parenting Tips
grocery shopping with kids

Grocery shopping is something you have to do if you want to eat. But under the best of circumstances, some of us still despise grocery shopping. It takes forever and then you have to haul all those bags into your house and unpack them all.

But when you go grocery shopping with a child along for the ride, you find yourself longing for those solitary trips, even if you don’t like doing them to begin with. As much as you love your child, shopping is a lot easier when you’re flying solo.

Here are some tips you can use to survive grocery shopping with your child.

Helping Your Baby with Teething

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 6/26/2017 to Parenting Tips
helping your baby with teething

Teething is hard work for your baby and, if you’ve never watched a baby go through teething before, you’ll recognize it when it happens. She’ll be drooling, chewing on everything and a total grouch until those things finally poke through.

If you’re feeling helpless when she’s going through the worst of her teething pain, there are a few things you can do to take the edge off.

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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.