The Gerber Life Parenting Blog

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  1. 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:

  2. Back-to-School Bargains: Tips to help you spend wisely.

    Affordable School SuppliesHow do you avoid spending your last dollar on back-to-school purchases for your kids? Here are some tips to keep the lid on expenses:

    Organize, organize, organize: Most schools provide a list of recommended items for each child’s grade level. Sit down with your child and review the lists. Check to see if there are any items from last year that can be reused. The process of list evaluation is a great way to build children’s organizational skills.

  3. How is my term life insurance rate determined?

    Couple Researching Term Life InsuranceMany factors play a role in the calculation of term life insurance premium rates. In general, rates are based on the amount of coverage selected and the probability of the policyholder living until the policy expires. The more likely you are to be alive at the policy’s expiration, the lower your term life insurance rate can be. However, if you have certain health or lifestyle characteristics that the insurance company views as risky, your rate may be higher.

  4. How to Limit TV Time for Your Kids

    Setting TV Limits for ChildrenOne of the most difficult things to do as a parent is setting limits for watching television. Many children simply sit in front of the TV without regard to how much time they’re spending there. Although watching TV is common among kids, allowing too much watching is not a wise parenting move. According to The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), children over the age of 2 should watch no more than one to two hours of quality video and television per day. Children under age 2 should not watch any TV or videos. Although this may seem like an impossible task, particularly for single working parents, following these five suggestions can make it easier:

  5. Can I get Life Insurance Coverage Without a Physical?

    Woman Getting A PhysicalYour current physical condition is one of the most important factors that life insurance companies consider when determining whether to approve you for a policy. For example, if you are a smoker or have been diagnosed with heart disease or have a chronic illness, you may have a more challenging time getting life insurance coverage than someone who has a better bill of health. Most life insurance companies require applicants to pass a medical exam before they will approve a policy, but not necessarily for all types of policies.