What to Take Care of In Your Last Month of Pregnancy

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 11/27/2017 to Life as a Mom
what to take care of in your last month of pregnancy

In those final few weeks of pregnancy, there is so much to do and so little time. When you aren’t sure if you’ll have time to do everything you feel you need to get done, it’s a good idea to make a list of the essential things you need to have squared away. Here are the top ones you should work on.

Tips for Having a Successful Garage Sale

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 11/6/2017 to Parenting Tips
tips for a successful garage sale

Whether you’re having a garage sale just to make space in your closets or you’re hoping to make some serious money by unloading a ton of stuff, there are some basic rules to having a garage sale that will help you reach your goal.

With these tips, you’ll look like an old garage sale pro, even if it’s your first attempt.

Forming a Tight Bond with Your Adopted Child

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 11/2/2017 to Parenting Tips
forming a tight bond with you adopted child

If you’ve made the decision to adopt, congratulations! Your family is about to expand and that’s exciting. It can also be challenging, no matter how that child is brought into your world.

But parents who adopt have some worries that parents who have biological children don’t – namely, how to make that child feel at home in the beginning.

Keeping Your Little Ghoul Safe on Halloween

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 10/30/2017 to Parenting Tips
keeping your child safe on Halloween

With candy and costumes, Halloween is a kid’s dream. But this fun date also can be full of hidden dangers, so you have to be careful that their dream doesn’t turn into your nightmare.

Here’s how to keep your child safe so all the frights will be imaginary, not real.

Tips for Getting Your Toddler to Enjoy Halloween

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 10/27/2017 to Parenting Tips

At first glance, it may seem like Halloween is a holiday made for children. There are costumes, thrills, late bedtimes and, of course, free candy. But for toddlers, Halloween can be a scary night – and the terror can overshadow the fun if you aren’t careful.

To make sure your child looks forward to Halloween each year instead of cowering under the blankets all night, follow these tips.

Important Lessons for Parents of Boys

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 10/24/2017 to Parenting Tips
importaant lessons for parents of boys

Women’s roles having been changing over the past few decades and men’s roles in society have been changing along with them. As those roles change, so must the rules that we teach our children.

Here are some lessons your son will need to successfully navigate this changing world.

Dodge Being an Overprotective Parent With These Tips

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 10/19/2017 to Parenting Tips
void being an overprotective parent

Parents love their kids desperately and worry about them all the time. When you love someone so much, you want to do everything in your power to protect them.

But sometimes that urge to protect them can lead to smothering instead. Kids need to learn how to tackle challenges on their own, but that can only happen if you back off a little. Here are a few ways to prevent yourself from becoming a smothering mother.

How Strength Training Benefits Moms

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 10/16/2017 to Parenting Tips
strength training for moms

For busy moms, it can be hard to find any time to cram exercise into their schedules. Every minute of the day seems to be devoted to taking care of children, working or cleaning. But moms should always make exercise a priority. And one of the best exercises they can do is strength training.

Strength training may conjure up images of muscular men, but it’s great for women too. Here are some of the benefits for moms.

How to Rock it as a Single Parent

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 10/13/2017 to Parenting Tips
how to rock it as a single parent

Whether you planned to be a single parent all along or life threw you some unexpected circumstances, being a single parent comes with its own set of unique challenges.

You don’t have anyone else to rely on. At the end of the day, the only one you can count on to keep things on track in your family is you. That’s going to require some major planning on your part. Here are some ideas to help keep you organized and on track.

Keeping Your House Clean Without Giving Up Your Life

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 10/10/2017 to Parenting Tips
keeping your house clean without forfeiting your life

As a parent, your list of duties can seem never ending. There’s work, spending time with your baby, doctor’s appointments, cooking and cleaning. It’s no wonder why parents can feel so overwhelmed and exhausted at times. We may love our lives but it doesn’t mean we wouldn’t love a few extra hours in the day too.

If your house looks like a disaster zone because you can’t seem to find time to clean, join the club. We’ve all been there. But by working a little smarter, you might free up some extra time. Here are some tips to try to help you stay on top of the clutter.

Tips to Make Your Life Easier as a Parent

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 10/5/2017 to Parenting Tips
tips to make your life easier as a parent

Parenting can be overwhelming, hard and frustrating, but it is also the most rewarding thing you’ll ever do. As parents, we love our children desperately, even when we’re silently wondering how much longer we can hold on without a good night’s sleep.

Any shortcuts we can find as parents can be tremendously helpful because they save us time and make us feel like we’re ahead of the game. Here are some parenting hacks that might make your life easier.

Clever Ways to Sneak Vegetables in to Your Child’s Diet

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 10/2/2017 to Parenting Tips
clever way to get your child to eat veggies

Are you tired of fighting your toddler every time you put a vegetable on her plate? Does your child refuse to ever eat anything that looks even remotely like it was plucked from the ground or a plant?

Instead of wasting your time and energy on arguing with your child and trying to force her to eat nutritionally sound meals, you could try a little trickery instead. Here’s how you can have her eating vegetables at every meal without her even realizing it.

Why Kids Benefit from Close Relationships with Grandparents

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 9/29/2017 to Parenting Tips
children benefit from close relationships with their grandparents

Grandparents offer children unconditional love. They play games with them, love to babysit them, can be their biggest cheerleaders and often spoil them rotten. If your child is lucky enough to have a grandparent in their life, you should make developing that relationship a priority and here’s why.

How to Ease Your Child's Fear About Dentists

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 9/26/2017 to Parenting Tips
how to help your child with their fear of dentists

Even young kids can have anxiety about going to see a dentist. It can be scary and uncomfortable to have someone poking and prodding around in their mouth.

If you’ve had a lifelong fear of the dentist and you don’t want your child to suffer the same fate, here are some ways for you to break that cycle.

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.

Ways to Build Up Your Emergency Fund

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 9/18/2017 to Life as a Mom
building up your emergency fund

When you’re a parent, an emergency fund can be all that stands between you and financial panic. Emergency funds can give you peace of mind and help you sleep at night when your child has a health crisis, your refrigerator conks out or your car starts making weird sounds.

But building up that fund can be a challenge when you’re a parent with so many other financial obligations. Here are a few ways to painlessly build up your cash reserves.

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.

Life Lessons Kids Learn from Their Working Moms

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 9/11/2017 to Working Moms
life lessons from working moms

Some moms feel guilty for working so much because it takes away some of the time they feel they should be spending with their children. But kids can learn great lessons from their working moms, so don’t feel bad about those hours you spend away from home.

Here are some of the things children can learn from their working moms.

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
helping you sunburned child

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.