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
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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.

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
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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.