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. Health & Fitness Apps for Dads

    Dad Exercising With SonThese days, dad is joining mom in the quest to “do it all.” Balancing job, childcare and housework is increasingly the goal of both parents.

    Indeed, dads today are active co-parents and sometimes even primary caregivers. This takes energy, which requires a focus on fitness. After all, dad can’t run after the kids if he’s struggling to get off of the couch after a hard day of vacuuming.

    Even as dads are stepping up, the digital world is stepping in, with a host of health-promoting “apps” (short for “applications” software used on smartphones or other mobile device).  Here are some great health and fitness apps for dads that are free or inexpensive to download. Check to see if they’re compatible with the operating system on dad’s mobile device:

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    Categories: Health & Safety
  2. Teaching Kids To Manage Money

    Dad Teaching Kids the Value of MoneyHow to coach your kids to be financially independent.

    Father’s Day is a great time for dads to talk with their young children about money, particularly ways to grow toward financial independence. Think back for a moment; how much was your first allowance? Chances are it was a modest sum based mostly on your age. It’s a pretty good bet that your parents had an “expiration date” in mind for your childhood stipend. As it turns out, many dads and moms should have put that date in writing … in a contract posted on the fridge!

    According to data from the Pew Research Center, nearly one in five adults 18 to 34 years old are still getting regular financial help from parents or other family members. The tight job market, onerous student loans, and the high cost of living are all challenges fueling this trend. Even so, a good grounding in financial basics has kept many other young adults from leaving a body imprint on the parental couch.

    Here are some tips on what fathers can do to teach their kids to manage money, be self-sufficient and – hopefully – even financially savvy:

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    Categories: Saving Money
  3. The Four Different Types of Life Insurance

    Family Evaluating Life Insurance PlansThere are four different types of life insurance: variable life insurance, universal life insurance, whole life insurance and term life insurance. When purchasing life insurance for yourself or a member of your family, it’s helpful to understand the different types before making your final decision.

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  4. How to Save Money on Groceries

    Shopper Preparing A Grocery ListKeeping a big family fed is a full-time job. From planning meals to shopping, cooking and cleaning up afterward, feeding a large family can seem daunting – and that’s not even taking food costs into consideration. Feeding a large family is expensive. In fact, Americans spend more on food than on any other expense besides home and car payments, according to CNN Money. Fortunately, we’ll help you navigate the aisles and learn how to save money on groceries. Follow these tips to get started:

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    Categories: Saving Money
  5. Guiding Your Teen Through the College Admission Process

    Student Applying For CollegeThe college admission process can be an overwhelming experience for teens, as well as their parents. After all, heading to college represents a very important chapter in your teen’s development process. While anxiety is likely to run high throughout this process, there are proven effective ways to lend both the guidance and loving support your teen will need.

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    Categories: College Planning