How to Stop Electronics from Stealing Your Family Time

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 3/20/2017 to Parenting Tips
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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
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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
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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.

Making Sure Your Baby Doesn't Suffer from Name Shame

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 2/28/2017 to Parenting Tips
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We’ve all heard them – the baby names that make us cringe. We feel sorry for the poor baby who has to grow up saddled with that awful name.

While selecting a name is a personal process, here are a few guidelines to help make things less awkward for your baby when she is older.

Welcome to the World of Rashes

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 2/24/2017 to Parenting Tips
types of rashes

Your baby has had control of your heart since the day she was born. She’s so precious that you could just stroke her baby soft skin all day. But here lately you’ve noticed a problem with her skin. She seems to be breaking out into rashes. Is that something you should worry about or just a normal part of childhood?

In those first few weeks or months, every kid breaks out into a rash or suffers some skin irritation. So before you panic, let’s break down some common reasons for skin irritation in children and what you can do to banish those unsightly rashes.

How to Help Your Shy Child

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 2/17/2017 to Parenting Tips
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If you’ve never struggled with shyness, you don’t know how debilitating it really can be. What seems easy to some people can seem impossible for others. The simple act of introducing yourself to someone new can make you sweat bullets, your heart pound and your knees feel wobbly. For a shy kid, talking to a stranger can be intimidating.

When you have a shy child, you need to find ways to help him come out of his shell a bit. Learning to work on shyness when you’re still little can mean the difference between overcoming your shyness or letting it run your life. Here are a few ways to help your shy child.

Exercise and Toddlers

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 2/14/2017 to Parenting Tips
children and exercise

Toddlers were made for exercise. They play hard, usually on full speed, until they suddenly crash and take a two-hour nap.

While toddlers are naturally active, you can help them ramp up their activity level with a few simple steps.

How to Get Your Child into the Valentine's Day Spirit

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 2/10/2017 to Life as a Mom
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Valentine’s Day seems tailor made for children. There’s love, hugs, kisses, candy and stuffed animals. It’s a cuteness overload that children will appreciate.

It’s only natural they want to get involved in the Valentine’s Day fun. Here are some ways you can help your children celebrate the big day in an age-appropriate way.

Secrets to Raising a Happy, Confident Girl

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 2/7/2017 to Parenting Tips
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Girls face different challenges than boys do. They’re expected to be nicer, and no one makes excuses for their bad behavior. While you probably haven’t ever heard anyone say "girls will be girls," there’s that popular saying, "boys will be boys."

To help your daughter feel strong and confident, here’s a few tips you might want to consider.

Five Things New Parents Learn

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 2/3/2017 to Parenting Tips
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When you’re expecting, you plan for your baby’s arrival and you dream about the day you’ll finally be able to hold her in your arms. Being a parent will change your life, and you’ll barely be able to remember what your life was like before your baby arrived.

But you’ll have some eye-opening moments as well. Here are a few things you’ll learn as a new parent.

How to Cope with Your Child's Illness

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 1/31/2017 to Parenting Tips
coping with a child's illness

Every parent of an older child has been through the illnesses that frequently hit younger children. From parent to parent, here are a few tips for you to follow the next time your baby is down for the count.

Age Appropriate Kitchen Duty for Your Toddler

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 1/23/2017 to Parenting Tips
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Toddlers are naturally curious and helpful, and they love to imitate the adults in their lives. They seem to have a special fascination with dishes, kitchens and cooking.

Although they can stay amused with little play kitchen sets, they sometimes like to experience the real thing. The only problem is, toddlers and kitchens don’t usually mix. Their “help” seems to create extra work for their parents.

Here are some ways you can let your toddler help you in the kitchen that won’t slow you down too much, or cause a bigger mess than you had on your hands to begin with.

Why Parents Should Stop Feeling Guilty

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 1/19/2017 to Parenting Tips
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Parents care more about their children and their families than they do anything else. Because we care so much, we often beat ourselves up and are guilt-ridden about what we could be doing differently and better.

But giving ourselves the world’s biggest guilt trip doesn’t help anyone. Here are some ways we can stop feeling so bad about every choice we make.

How to Fight a Child's Cabin Fever

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 1/16/2017 to Parenting Tips
how to combat a child's cabin fever

Having a cranky toddler to deal with every day can wear down even the best of parents. What you need is a plan. Here are some tips for finding suitable winter activities for your child that will help get everyone in your household through the last few weeks of this season.

How to Raise a Kind Child

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 1/12/2017 to Parenting Tips

The headlines in the newspapers these days are scary stuff, and when you’re a parent, the fear you feel from the horror stories you hear can be intense. You want your child to feel safe, not be terrified of the world around him.

While there’s not much you can do about other people’s behavior, you can help your child understand the value of kindness and the impact it can have on the world with a few simple steps.

The Buck Stops Here: Teaching Toddlers About Money

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 1/9/2017 to Parenting Tips
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Toddlers can learn some basics about money that may help set them up for a successful relationship with the almighty dollar, and if you don’t teach your child about it, no one else will.

Six Ways to Keep Your Baby Healthy in 2017

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 1/5/2017 to Parenting Tips
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Young children, in particular, need to be protected from illnesses as much as possible because they can suffer some of the most severe complications. Here are a few ways to decrease the risk your baby will get sick this winter.

Five Reasons Not to Ditch Date Night

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 1/2/2017 to Life as a Mom
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It’s cold outside, you’re tired and you don’t have much money to spare this month. You feel like staying home instead of going out on the date night you promised your spouse. The only problem is he’s really looking forward to a night out alone with you, focused on conversation that doesn’t revolve around baby poop or sleep schedules.

Ways to be a Better Parent in 2017

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 12/29/2016 to Parenting Tips
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Parents often spend a lot of time second-guessing themselves about their decisions, rules and even their own behavior. They wonder if they’ve been too strict or not strict enough. They worry they are too focused on their careers and they’re missing out on precious moments they can’t get back.

Weed Out the Clutter for the New Year

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 12/26/2016 to Life as a Mom
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If there’s one common complaint parents have, it’s that our houses or apartments are too crowded and never clean enough. With babies or children in our households, our homes are filled with love – and stuff. So much stuff, you can’t seem to find a place to stash it all.

5 Tips for Buying a Child Christmas Gifts

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 12/19/2016 to Gifts for Baby
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It’s great you want to buy a child you love a gift they’ll always treasure. But the art of gift giving can be tricky, especially when there’s a child involved. You’ll need to consider her interests, age and what rules her parents have in the household. Here’s a quick rundown of what you should consider before buying the kid in your life their Christmas gifts.

4 Ways to Keep Your Toddler Safe During the Holidays

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 12/13/2016 to Parenting Tips
keeping your toddler safe during the holiday season

It was so much easier when your child was a baby – he was confined to where you put him and he couldn’t stray from that on his own. But now that he has mastered the art of walking and is trying to scale every piece of furniture that looks remotely inviting, keeping him safe is so much harder.

If visions of sugar plums have been replaced in your head with visions of trips to the emergency room, you may want to review this toddler holiday safety checklist.

How to Hang with your Toddler and Still Get Things Done

Posted by Sara Hernandez on 10/6/2016 to Life as a Mom
How to Hang with your Toddler and Still Get Things Done

It’s no secret that trying to maintain a home, work, and spend quality time with your child is a tough load to balance. There are times when you feel like part of the triad is seriously falling behind. It’s especially tough for us parents when we feel that we haven’t spent enough time with our little ones. Believe it or not, there are some productive things we can do around the house with our kiddos.