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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. 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.

  2. What is the Gerber Life Grow-Up® Plan?

    Mother and Son PlayingOne of the joys of being a child is living “in the moment,” and one of the joys of parenting is watching their kids enjoy life’s moments. Parents also know that keeping an eye on the future and giving their kids a financial head start also comes with the job.

    The Gerber Life Grow-Up® Plan1 is one way to accomplish that goal. Here’s a look why:

  3. Thanksgiving History Quiz

    Thanksgiving History QuizAmericans have a hearty appetite for Thanksgiving. Our national bird may be the bald eagle, but it’s the stuffed turkey we salute on the fourth Thursday of November each year.

    Along with “the bird,” we relish the Thanksgiving Day parade, football rivalry and kickoff of the holiday shopping season. But the essence of Thanksgiving is all about giving thanks, a time to express gratitude for all the blessings in our lives.

  4. Thanksgiving Traditions

    Thanksgiving CustomsFrom turkeys to parades, we look at the customs that make this holiday worth celebrating.

    Whether you spend Thanksgiving Day with family or friends, you’re likely to share longstanding customs. For some, it’s all about the feast. For others, it’s all about football. Here are some of our favorite Thanksgiving traditions:

  5. Shop Smart and Safely on ‘Black Friday’

    Black Friday ShoppingThe day after Thanksgiving – known as “Black Friday” – is one of the biggest shopping days of the year, when intrepid shoppers brave long lines and sometimes unruly crowds for legendary bargains.

    A couple of theories profess how the day came to be called “Black Friday.” One theory credits it to the time of year when retailers typically stop operating at a loss and get “back in the black.” Another says Black Friday got its black eye because of traffic jams and other mayhem caused by frenzied shoppers.

    So when Black Friday kicks off the holiday shopping season with heaps of hot deals, get ready to shop – but not till you drop. Instead, arm yourself with the following saving – and survival – tips for Black Friday:

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