Why You Should Work on Being an Includer

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 7/31/2017 to Parenting Tips
why you should work on being an includer

We’ve all seen cliques, whether they’ve been in the movies, in the workplace or from our days back in high school. They’re an exclusive bunch who rarely lets anyone else make the cut into their tight social circle. And sometimes they relish the opportunity to let other people know that they aren’t seen as good enough to hang out with them.

As a parent, it’s helpful for your child to see you taking other people’s feelings into account and widening your social circle. He’ll be likely to follow your lead. Both he and his classmates will benefit from it. You could positively impact a young life, someone who needs a friend, just by teaching your child to be an includer. Here’s how you can do it.

Helping Your Child Fall Asleep in a Hotel

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 7/27/2017 to Parenting Tips
helping your child fall asleep in a hotel

When you’re on a road trip, your child will have a blast seeing all the new sights. But when it comes time to settle in for the night, he might be less than enthused.

Going to sleep in a strange place can be difficult for toddlers. If you both want to survive the night with your sanity intact, there are a few tips you can use to get some shuteye.

How to Catch Some Zzzzzs in Late Pregnancy

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 7/24/2017 to Life as a Mom
catching some zzzs when pregnant

Finding a way to sleep when you can barely catch your breath in those last weeks of pregnancy is hard to do. If it’s not the constant heartburn bringing you pain, it’s your back that’s killing you. There’s a whole laundry list of complaints and ailments that may be keeping you awake.

But getting a good night’s sleep isn’t just some unattainable dream. With these tips, you’ll be resting better right away.

What to Pack in Your Overnight Bag for the Hospital

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 7/21/2017 to Life as a Mom
packing your overnight bag for the hospital


In the last few weeks before your baby’s due date, be prepared to be a total wreck. You’ll be worried about everything, whether this is your first delivery or your fifth.

Packing your overnight bag for the hospital shouldn’t be one of the things you worry about though. To help you prepare, here is a short list of items you should include in that bag.

How to Wean Your Child Off the Pacifier

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 7/18/2017 to Parenting Tips
weaning your child off the pacifier

Your child loves his binky, but, according to the pediatrician, he’s old enough that you need to start weaning him off of it. You know you’re in for the fight of your life because he freaks out if he notices it has been missing for even five minutes.

Here are some tips to make the transition a little less painful for your toddler.

Simple Tricks to Keep Your Child Safe Online

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 7/13/2017 to Parenting Tips
keeping your kids safe online

Whether you’ve just delivered your bundle of joy or you’ve been at this parenthood thing for a couple of years, you probably love showing people pictures of your beautiful baby. And who can blame you? Your child is the light of your life and you have every reason to be proud.

But if you’re sharing those photos online so friends and relatives who don’t live nearby can see them, there are a few safety precautions you should take. We live in a scary, unpredictable world so it’s best to use caution at all times.

Choosing a Sippy Cup for Your Child

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 7/10/2017 to Parenting Tips
choosing a sippy cup for your child

If you’re ready to start transitioning your child to a sippy cup, there are a few things you should consider first. You don’t want the type of cup you choose to derail their success. You actually need to give careful thought to which cup you pick out.

Here are some of the things you’ll need to decide.

How to Keep Your Child Safe From the Sun

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 7/6/2017 to Parenting Tips
sun protection for your child

With summer in full force, you might be concerned about giving your child too much fun in the sun. With skin cancer on the rise and experts saying that early childhood sunburns set the stage for future problems, you might be trying to look for ways to keep your child from being burned or too deeply tanned.

Going to an Amusement Park with Toddlers

Posted by Shannon Serpette on 7/3/2017 to Parenting Tips
taking children to amusement parks

Toddlers and amusement parks have a love-hate relationship. Many toddlers love the age-appropriate rides they go on, but the rest of the time they spend in the park isn’t nearly as much fun for them.