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.

Five Signs You're a Parent

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 5/15/2017 to Life as a Mom
signs that you are a parent

People who’ve just met you can often tell whether you’re a parent or not, even if your kids are nowhere in sight. Parents are easy to spot. We give off huge indicators that we have children at home, and most of the time we don’t even know we’re doing it. Here are five ways the people in your life will be able to tell you’re a parent.

What Every Mom Wishes She Could Tell People Before They Visit Her Newborn

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 5/12/2017 to Life as a Mom
visiting newborns

Whether you’ve just come home from the hospital with your newborn or you’re in the last weeks of pregnancy, you know you’re going to be flooded with visitors before long.

Here’s what you would like to tell all your visitors before they step foot in your house.

4 Things You Should Avoid Saying to a Stay-at-Home Mom

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 5/9/2017 to Life as a Mom
don't say this to a stay-at-home mom

Everyone has an opinion about what stay-at-home mothers do all day. Whether you’re a mom who works outside of the home, you’re related to a stay-at-home mom or you’re married to one, here are four things you should never say to them.

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.

5 Times When Parents Need an Adult Recess

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 4/18/2017 to Life as a Mom
signs when you need an adult recess

Recess is that golden time of day every kid longs for at school. It’s a chance for kids to run wild, forget about what happened earlier in the day, and not think about what’s looming ahead of them. They live totally in the moment, doing whatever they want, playing at full speed.

We could all learn a thing or two about life from our kids. Taking time for the occasional adult recess could do us parents a world of good.

If you are experiencing any of these following challenges, you should take an adult recess as soon as possible.

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.

Surviving the Boredom of Bed Rest

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 3/27/2017 to Life as a Mom
surviving the boredom of bedrest

You’re in the home stretch of pregnancy – those dreaded last few weeks. But at your last doctor’s appointment, you were delivered an unexpected and unwelcome surprise. Your blood pressure was too high, and your doctor has placed you on dreaded bed rest for the final weeks of your pregnancy.

How on earth will you get through weeks of doing nothing at one of the busiest times of your life? Here are some tips to see you through this trying time.

5 Ways Moms Can Learn to Love Running

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 3/23/2017 to Life as a Mom
jogging mom

Running has never been more popular than it is right now. You see people of all ages and sizes running for exercise and competing in 5ks and half marathons across the country. Parents even run while pushing strollers to find a way to incorporate some exercise in their schedules without hiring a babysitter.

If you’ve always hated running, it might be time to give it another chance. It’s good for your lungs, heart, body and mind. Plus, you’ll be setting a great example for your child. Here are 5 ways to kick your hatred for running to the curb.

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.

Can You Afford to Stay Home After Having a Baby?

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 3/7/2017 to Life as a Mom
can you afford to quit working after having a baby

Some moms relish the idea of going back to a normal work schedule after their maternity leave is finished. For other moms though, the idea of heading back into the workforce and leaving their baby in daycare is torturous.

These days, many moms feel compelled to go to work because they need the paycheck. But for moms on the lower-end of the earning spectrum, working can cost as much as they bring in. Let’s look at some of the secret costs of working.

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.