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.

Making Sure Your Baby Doesn't Suffer from Name Shame

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 2/28/2017 to Parenting Tips
avoiding name shame

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.

Bye-Bye Maternity Leave, Hello Double Duty

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 2/21/2017 to Life as a Mom
working mother doing double duty

Maternity leave is a magical time. Once the first two or three rough weeks are over, the rest is relatively smooth sailing – other than the constant night feedings and your body attempting to recover from what it’s been through.

But for moms who are headed back to the workforce, especially if they’ve spent years working without a break other than the customary two weeks a year for vacations, maternity leaves are some of the most precious weeks they’ll ever have. You get a chance to bond with your baby, and learn how to manage the challenging task of being a mom who is needed every minute of the day in some way, shape or form.

Working after you’ve had a baby, however, is different from working pre-baby. Here are some tips to help you survive pulling double duty when you have to go back to work.

How to Help Your Shy Child

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 2/17/2017 to Parenting Tips
how to help your shy kid

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
get your child into the Valentine's Day spirit

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
how to raise a happy, confident daughter

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
things that new parents learn

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.

They're Only Little Once: How to Preserve Memories

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 1/26/2017 to Life as a Mom
your kids are only little once

You hear it from a lot of older parents you talk to – your kids are only little once and the time goes by so quickly. In the beginning, it’s hard to fathom. At this stage, your baby is reliant on you for every little need she has. But those first few weeks pass in the blink of an eye, and you can already see that your newborn has grown immensely.