3 Ways to Save Big Money During Your Baby's First Year

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 3/30/2017 to Parenting Tips
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

Can You Afford to Stay Home After Having a Baby?

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 3/7/2017 to Life as a Mom
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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
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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.