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With work, family and finances, modern parenting can sometimes feel like a juggling act. The Gerber Life parenting blog gives parents advice and tips to help you take on today-and plan for tomorrow. Our parenting blog offers articles on saving money, college planning, family insurance, parenting tips, living green, and health and safety. Although we may not be able to manage your retirement account, drive your all-star athlete to practice, or cook your family's favorite three-cheese lasagna, our parenting blog can provide you with ideas, advice and tips so that you can focus on what matters most: raising healthy, happy kids. We invite you to join the conversation and enjoy our parenting blog.

  1. Get Ready for Back to School with These Tips for Parents (Plus a Fun Quiz!)

    Students in ClassroomBack to school is a yearly rite of passage. Although the journey doesn’t come with a roadmap, it should come with a few warning signs. “Hectic Days Ahead!” would certainly work. So would a “Yield” sign or two in the kitchen for the morning rush.

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  2. Six Ways That Parenting Skills Can Help You Find the Right Job

    Mom Multi-tasking at Home

    As a parent, you’ve played the role of teacher, negotiator, chef, manager, activities director, fashion consultant, and chauffeur to your children. For example: If your child has a screaming fit at the grocery store over not getting the candy desired, you negotiate with your child to avoid a public display; if your child wants to wear a tutu and cowboy hat to kindergarten, you help your child to select clothing that will be more functional for the day ahead.

    The variety of roles that you play help to make you the great parent that you are, but they also can help to make you valuable to employers. So if you’re a stay-at-home mom or dad looking to enter or re-enter in the workforce soon, don’t fret. You may have more going for you than you realize.

    Here are six typical traits that parents acquire, and that you can leverage in your job search: 

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  3. Outdoor Games for Kids

    Dad & Son Playing Hide-and-SeekTeaching children that exercise can be fun.

    Get your children to put away the X-Box controller, leave the cell phone behind, and spend more time on healthy outdoor activity. You don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on expensive swing sets and jungle gyms. With a little creativity, there are plenty of outdoor games that your child can play and – best of all – won’t cost you a penny.

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    Categories: Living Green
  4. Helping Your Child Adjust to a New School

    First Day of SchoolTips for overcoming anxiety about being the “new” kid.

    Children typically thrive in stable environments, so it makes sense that kids may experience stress when relocating to another school. Whether your child is advancing from elementary school to middle school, or transferring to a school in another town or state, you can help put his or her mind at ease with these tips:

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  5. How to Save Money on School Supplies

    Reusable School SuppliesPencils and notebooks. Pens and glue sticks. Binders and calculators. Sometimes it seems as though the list of required school supplies for your child grows longer each year. The National Retail Federation has found that parents spend on average more than $95 each fall on school supplies, that’s not even counting the $246 spent on new clothes, $129 on new shoes, and almost $220 on electronics.

    So how’s a parent supposed to keep their child well equipped without dipping into that college savings fund? Here’s the good news: With a bit of planning and preparation, you can provide your child with all the supplies they need to succeed in school without breaking the bank. Save money on school supplies by following these four simple tips.

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    Categories: Saving Money