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. For Future Success, Promote Reading Among Middle Schoolers

    Middle Schooler Reading a BookIt’s no secret: Kids who enjoy reading tend to experience academic and professional success. According to a long-term study conducted by the University of Oxford, kids who read for pleasure had a much higher chance of achieving a professional position as adults than non-book lovers.

    In fact, multiple studies conducted from the 1970s to today indicate that students that engage in programs that promote reading, such as summer reading programs, result in higher vocabulary scores and a narrowing achievement gap – even across socio-economic lines.

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  2. Nature Crafts for Kids: Bringing the Outside In

    Parent and Child Making Fall WreathAs more people become environmentally conscious, the demand for green activities increases. Fortunately, there are ways to practice green living in nearly every aspect of daily life. For example, when working on crafts with your children, consider making nature crafts for kids, which are crafts made from products that occur naturally in the environment.

  3. Benefits of Organic Food

    Woman Shopping for Organic FoodWith all the recent conversation surrounding the use of organic foods, it’s hard to decipher whether two fruits displayed side by side on the produce shelf can truly be that different based solely on the fact that one was grown conventionally and one organically. So what’s the difference, and why is it creating such a stir?

  4. What Is an Education Savings Account (ESA)?

    College Education SavingsThe Internal Revenue Service provides various tax incentives for college financial planning. One of the most popular IRS
    tax incentives for college financial planning is the Coverdell Education Saving Account or ESA for short. An ESA is an account created to help parents save for future educational expenses. As in everything created by the IRS, there are extensive rules governing the proper use of Coverdell Education Saving Accounts.

    Let’s take a closer look at several Education Savings Account rules.

  5. Life Insurance for Children Offers Security for Families

    Life Insurance for ChildrenEverybody wants to believe that his or her children will live to grow old. Unfortunately, tragedies do occur and some children pass away when they are young. Whether it is by an accident or disease, early death can have a financial burden on a family. The parents will have to pay for funeral expenses and possibly medical bills that their health insurance did not cover. The emotional strains can be magnified with the financial burdens.