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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. Summer Music Quiz

    Family Summer MemoriesHurray, summer is here! Gerber Life Insurance has exciting news that will give you one more reason to love this time of year. This summer, Gerber Life Insurance will sponsor a sweepstakes for a chance to win a $10,000 Gerber Life College Plan for a child or grandchild age 8 or under. After July 18, 2013, visit www.contest.gerberlife.com for sweepstakes rules, eligibility, and to submit your entry.

    What else sets summer apart? Our thoughts often turn to music. Summer has been the muse for generations of musicians and composers who have captured its essence with themes of romance, adventure, pleasure and escape. From surfer songs to movie scores, enjoy testing your musical knowledge with this summer music quiz. It’s the perfect way to start your summer vacation off on the right note.

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    Categories: General Interest
  2. Beat the Heat

    Beating Summer BoredomSummer activities to keep boredom at bay.

    Why does summer sometimes prompt children to pout? Experts say it’s almost inevitable for kids’ enthusiasm to wane once the first blush of summer has faded. Helping a child to overcome boredom is not an insurmountable challenge. Look for creative and interesting activities for your child to do, especially ones that promote quality time together.

    Here are some activities that can dispel the doldrums, including some in which mom and dad can take part.

  3. Reap the Benefits of a Fruit and Veggie Garden

    Fruits and VegetablesWith the arrival of warm summer weather, people are getting outdoors more often and – hopefully – also getting more exercise. Summer is also a great time to work on improving your daily diet. One of the best ways to do so is by upping your intake of fruits and vegetables – those powerhouses of vitamins, minerals and fiber. In summer, it’s easier than ever to make eating choices that are both healthy and delicious.

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    Categories: Health & Safety
  4. Summer Family Fun Doesn’t Have to Break the Budget

    Budget-friendly Summer ActivitiesThe family entertainment budget is often challenged during the summer. Children may clamor for trips to pricey theme parks and ballgames. Wish lists may include cruises that have water slides, rock-climbing walls and mini-golf.

    Since many summer amusements come with a hefty price tag, what’s a parent on a budget to do?  First, maintain the healthy mindset that summer family fun doesn’t have to be expensive. Next, look around your own neck of the woods for activities and events that are free or low cost.

    These summertime ideas encourage family fun – without a budget blow-out.

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    Categories: Saving Money
  5. Road Rules for Teen Drivers

    Teen Driving LessonDespite a teenager’s adamant insistence that he or she is already an adult, the teen is still acquiring new skills and taking on new responsibilities yet to be mastered – such as driving. It’s therefore important to teach them the rules of the road and the importance of safety.

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    Categories: Health & Safety