The Gerber Life Parenting Blog

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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. DIY Nature Crafts

    DIY Fall Nature CraftsIn many parts of the country, when colorful foliage brightens streets and nippy mornings are followed by warm, sunny afternoons, fall has arrived. From back-to-school to hours spent jumping in piles of leaves, autumn is a special time of year for children and adults alike. This fall, bring the beauty of this season indoors with kid-friendly do-it-yourself (DIY) projects that take advantage of nature’s bounty.

  2. Giving a Gift of a Gerber Life College Plan

    Grandma Hugging ChildWho doesn’t love giving a gift to a child? It’s a warming experience that comes with smiles and hugs galore. Consider, however, that some children’s gifts, such as toys and clothes, have a shelf life. Kids outgrow both.  So what are some ideas for gifts that are both lasting and beneficial?

    Parents and grandparents often decide that a financial gift can be a lasting gift that shows they care. Giving cash for the holidays and birthdays is one option. Another option is to give a financial gift that keeps on giving.

  3. How Does Age Affect the Cost of Life Insurance?

    Family on Front PorchLife insurance rates are determined by such factors as health, length of term and coverage amount. However, an applicant’s age has the biggest influence on the annual premium he or she will pay. Insurance rates go up as a person ages, making coverage more affordable for healthy individuals under age 50 than for older adults nearing or in retirement.

  4. Creating an Emergency Contact List

    Child in Emergency RoomAn emergency contact list can save precious time when needed the most. By creating an emergency contact list, you won’t need to scramble for a phone number when time isn’t on your side.

    Which Numbers to Include on the List?

    Your emergency contact list should include the phone numbers of the most essential people in your family’s lives, such as:

  5. Do Series EE Bonds Offer Any Special Advantage if Used to Save for College?

    Children Doing School WorkThere are many ways to save for a child’s college education and maximize the funds with such tax-sheltered savings as Series EE Bonds.

    A Series EE Bond also known as a Patriot Bond is a low-risk investment whose earnings are usually subject to Federal income taxes. However, a savings bond education tax exclusion makes it possible for U.S. taxpayers to cash in bonds tax-free, when the money earned is used to pay for qualified higher education expenses in the same year that the bonds are redeemed. Examples of qualified education expenses include tuition and fees, but exclude room, books and board.