Parenting Tips

Advice for raising well-balanced children

When you left the hospital to take your newborn home for the first time, you may have hoped that the baby bag contained some kind of manual giving parental advice on how to handle the next 18-plus years. Then you remembered that babies don't come with a set of instructions for parents on how to teach a child values, resolve a conflict with a sibling or help a child study for an upcoming test. That's where Gerber Life comes in. Our advice for parents can help prepare you for various situations, as well as provide ideas for activities that you can enjoy as a family.

  1. Standardized Testing In Elementary Schools

    Schoolboy Taking Standardized TestStandardized testing in elementary schools appears to be uniformly unpopular among all involved — students, parents, teachers and administrators — than any other single issue in public education today. At the same time the number of standardized tests are administered to younger and younger children, there is growing evidence that test scores are inappropriately used in designing curriculum, fail to measure what their creators claim or simply steal valuable and irreplaceable classroom instruction time. Often referred to as achievement tests, standardized testing has been shown to correlate more closely with the amount of sleep a child obtains the night before than his ability to perform well in school according to the National Center for Fair and Open Testing.

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  2. For Future Success, Promote Reading Among Middle Schoolers

    Middle Schooler Reading a BookIt’s no secret: Kids who enjoy reading tend to experience academic and professional success. According to a long-term study conducted by the University of Oxford, kids who read for pleasure had a much higher chance of achieving a professional position as adults than non-book lovers.

    In fact, multiple studies conducted from the 1970s to today indicate that students that engage in programs that promote reading, such as summer reading programs, result in higher vocabulary scores and a narrowing achievement gap – even across socio-economic lines.

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  3. Choosing a Preschool

    Mother Taking Son to First Day of PreschoolChoosing a preschool for your kids is no easy task. Your child’s mind is like a sponge in the pre-kindergarten years, so it is no wonder you want to make sure he or she is getting the very best care and education possible during this formidable time. Remember, it is never too early to start looking for preschools, and enrollment in the most prestigious schools fill up fast, so start searching as soon as possible.

  4. The Best Parenting Blogs and Tips On Starting Your Own

    Couple Writing a Parenting Blog on LaptopStarting a family is an especially exciting time, but settling into parenting can find moms and dads feeling overwhelmed and wondering how other parents manage. While the reasons for starting a parenting blog can be as diverse as the individuals who started them, each parenting blog serves a loyal group of readers who look to them for practical advice, humor, encouragement and a sense of community.

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  5. Helping Busy Parents Balance Family, Work and Life

    Family Multi-TaskingImagine how easy parenting would be if your children did what you wanted them to do without having to be asked over and over again. Imagine balancing things such as helping them with their homework, cleaning their room, taking out the garbage, emptying the dishwasher, picking up toys, mowing the lawn, walking the dog, and putting their dirty clothes into the hamper – as they all the while tell you how grateful they are for everything you do for them each and every day.