The Gerber Life Parenting Blog

What parents want to know

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. Life Insurance for Your Spouse

    Newlywed Couple Discussing Life InsuranceWhether you’ve been married for a while or have just gotten married, it’s never too early to start thinking about the future. Getting life insurance for yourself can help you rest easy, knowing that your spouse will be protected if something should happen to you. Likewise, getting life insurance for your spouse will provide you with enough money to get by if something should happen to your loved one.

  2. Quick, Easy and Healthy Breakfast Recipes to Start Your Day

    Woman Preparing Healthy BreakfastMom always said that breakfast was the most important meal of the day. As it turns out, Mom was right – and today’s research agrees.

    Recent studies indicate that eating breakfast reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, and heart attack. Eating breakfast also helps lower LDL – or “bad” cholesterol – and triglyceride levels, and regulates blood sugar and insulin levels. Other studies show that people who eat breakfast tend to be leaner. In fact, skipping breakfast was associated with a 400% greater risk of obesity.

    To reap the many benefits of a well-rounded breakfast, choose healthy meals based on whole grains, low-fat dairy, and fruit. For mornings when you don’t have a lot of time, try one of these breakfasts:

  3. Ready, Set, School!

    Child Boarding School BusIt’s time to get off the beach and back on the bus. Yes, it’s the time of year when school doors swing open and students stream back into their classrooms to meet new teachers, learn new things and, hopefully, get excited about resuming school-day routines.

    Many parents and grandparents will be thinking about the future as their kids head off to class, and about how to pay for college down the road. After all, a college education has long been a stepping-stone toward a bright future.

    This summer, Gerber Life Insurance offers an opportunity to help you fulfill that dream by entering in a sweepstakes for a Gerber Life College Plan1. You’ll have a chance to win a Gerber Life College Plan worth $10,000 or even $20,000. Visit contest.gerberlife.com between July 19 and August 29, to complete an entry form. To qualify, entrants must be 18 to 75 years of age and the parent, grandparent or legal guardian of a child who is between one-day-old and 8 years old on the date of entry. Read about the many benefits of the College Plan at www.gerberlife.com.

    You may want to enter the Gerber Life College Plan giveaways right away, and then stay in the back-to-school mode by taking our 2013 back-to-school quiz. We’ve gathered some fun facts about schools and students so go ahead and test your knowledge:

  4. Back-to-School Health Tips for Kids

    School Children Washing HandsSchoolwork should be challenging. Staying healthy at school shouldn’t be.

    The start of a new school year is a perfect time for parents to encourage kids to adopt habits that promote good health. Proper hygiene, good nutrition and regular exercise all play a role in keeping kids in prime shape to hit the books.

    Classrooms can be a breeding ground for infectious diseases. Younger children are particularly vulnerable, since their immune systems are not fully developed. Colds spread easily. A child sneezes and others sitting nearby may get sick.

    Teaching youngsters simple preventive measures can make all the difference for keeping illness at bay. Before the first school bell rings, tell your kids to:

  5. Avoiding Back-to-School Stress

    Child Experiencing StressHeading back to school at summer’s end can sometimes elicit a stress response, and not just for the kids. School schedules can upend a parent’s routine as well.

    However, this seasonal transition can be smooth sailing with some planning, time management and a little mental preparation.

    Here are some tips to avoid back-to-school stress and ease into the new school year: