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. How to Save Money on School Supplies

    Reusable School SuppliesPencils and notebooks. Pens and glue sticks. Binders and calculators. Sometimes it seems as though the list of required school supplies for your child grows longer each year. The National Retail Federation has found that parents spend on average more than $95 each fall on school supplies, that’s not even counting the $246 spent on new clothes, $129 on new shoes, and almost $220 on electronics.

    So how’s a parent supposed to keep their child well equipped without dipping into that college savings fund? Here’s the good news: With a bit of planning and preparation, you can provide your child with all the supplies they need to succeed in school without breaking the bank. Save money on school supplies by following these four simple tips.

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    Categories: Saving Money
  2. Avoiding Debt: Five spending habits to stay on the right path

    Cutting Credit CardsIf you fall into debt, finding your way out can sometimes seem nearly impossible. As interest continues to compound, your payments increase and the strain on your finances worsens every month. To prevent this from happening, avoid debt in the first place by practicing these five smart spending habits.

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    Categories: Saving Money
  3. Life Insurance Glossary: Defining the Two Basic Kinds

    Multi-Generational FamilyAs a parent or grandparent, you know the importance of preparing for your family’s financial future. You know that it’s equally important to take steps to ensure that your family is financially protected, even if you were no longer around. You may know that you need life insurance, but with so many options to choose from, it can be challenging to decide which kind is right for you.

  4. Tips for Getting Your Kids to Try New Foods

    Young Girl at Dinner TableAh, dinnertime, a pleasant time for families to unwind, relax and talk about the events of their day … right? For many parents, dinnertime is more like a battlefield, especially when picky eaters are involved.

    If you’re spending less time eating and more time bribing, begging and coaxing your child to try something new, or cutting the crusts off of bread, or removing all green objects from your child’s plate, these five tips may help:

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    Categories: Health & Safety
     
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  5. Launch a New, Annual Family Tradition for Summer

    Family PortraitSummer is a great time for families to build new traditions. Your family may already have favorite traditions such as birthday and holiday celebrations and so the idea of starting a new tradition may seem daunting. No worries. All you need to do to launch a new tradition is start an activity that can include the whole family. If everyone has a good time, find out why and then make plans to repeat the activity next year.

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    Categories: Parenting Tips