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. College Savings Accounts

    Parent Reading With ChildShould I save for college in my name or my child’s name?

    Saving for your child’s college education represents an investment in your child’s future. After all, the average cost of a college education has been rising steadily for decades – about 7% per year according to Forbes business magazine. That trend is expected to continue indefinitely.

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    Categories: College Planning
  2. College 529 Plans: Can I Invest in Any State’s Plan?

    Mother Reviewing 529 Plans With SonsA 529 college savings plan is an investment vehicle you can use to plan for your child’s future educational expenses. Though each state has its own college 529 plan, you are not restricted from purchasing a plan outside your state of residence.

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  3. School Milestones Quiz

    School-Age Child With Her FamilyFamily togetherness can get out of sync during the school year. Parents often work harder and longer to pay for the extra expenses associated with school. Children’s schedules and activities often have them running in many different directions.

    Before the school year kicks into high gear, take a few moments to relax and have some fun. Test your knowledge about school-related milestones in this quiz:

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    Categories: General Interest
  4. Keep Your Home Running Smoothly, Routinely

    Parent Juggling Household ActivitiesWondering how to achieve household harmony during the busy days of the school year, with parents trying to balance family life, work and personal time, and the kids trying to juggle schoolwork, activities and other interests?

    Although every family is different, all families can benefit from having an organized school (and work) routine. Here are some tips for creating an oasis of orderliness:

  5. Money-Saving Tips for the School Year

    Budgeting for the School YearNow that the new school year is underway and the related expenses are chipping away at your budget, it’s time to start managing your school spending if you want your wallet to make it to June.

    Be sure to focus on what your children really need, not their whims and wants, and to time your purchases to coincide with the best deals.

    Here are some money-saving tips for savvy spending throughout the school year:

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    Categories: Saving Money