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. Paying for Your Child’s College Education Through A 529 Plan

    Mother and Son Saving for CollegeTuition at the average public university costs more than $8,000 today, according to an online article published on Oct. 29, 2011 by CNNMoney. For parents, this leaves an obvious question: “How can I help pay for my child’s college education?” Some parents use 529 plans to help.

  2. Packed Lunch Ideas That Save Money

    Girl Eating Packed LunchYou know that packing lunches for your family is a great way to save money and ensure that your kids and spouse are eating healthy, nutritious meals even when you are not around. Despite the obvious benefits of brown-bagging it to work and school, it is important to make sure your efforts are paying off for your wallet. After all, it should never cost your family budget more to bring food from home than purchase it on-the-go. According to Mint.com, packing lunches for your family the right way can save your family an astounding $1,500 per year. If you are interested in packing family lunches to save money, but aren’t sure where to start, take a look at these helpful packed lunch ideas.

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  3. Standardized Testing In Elementary Schools

    Schoolboy Taking Standardized TestStandardized testing in elementary schools appears to be uniformly unpopular among all involved — students, parents, teachers and administrators — than any other single issue in public education today. At the same time the number of standardized tests are administered to younger and younger children, there is growing evidence that test scores are inappropriately used in designing curriculum, fail to measure what their creators claim or simply steal valuable and irreplaceable classroom instruction time. Often referred to as achievement tests, standardized testing has been shown to correlate more closely with the amount of sleep a child obtains the night before than his ability to perform well in school according to the National Center for Fair and Open Testing.

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  4. Gerber Life College Plan: A Stress-Free Solution for Parents Paying for College

    Savings Plan for Parents Paying for CollegeIt’s not surprising that a recent independent study commissioned by Gerber Life found that 46% of parents would feel less stressed if their child received a scholarship for college. Who wouldn’t?

  5. Pack Your Kids a Waste-Free Lunch

    Young Girl Packing Waste-Free LunchPart of living a green lifestyle is reducing the amount of waste you and your family produce on a daily basis. While monitoring your waste and recycling habits at home may be second nature, you may not have considered that your child’s school lunches could be producing as much as 67 pounds of trash every school year. Fortunately, there are some ways you can manage excessive trash by packing -a waste free lunch. In fact, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, packing a waste free lunch for your child can save you as much as $250 every school year.

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