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. Make Healthy Choices for Your Father’s Day Barbecue

    Couple grillingA time-honored tradition of Father’s Day remains the backyard barbecue. Hamburgers and hot dogs usually top the menu, but consider some healthier alternatives. We all want to have dad around for a long time.

    According to doctors and nutrition experts, dietary choices play a big role in maintaining good health throughout life. Here are some healthy barbecue recipes to consider when planning a cookout in honor of dad:

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  2. Working Parents: Don’t wait to find time for workouts – make time.

    Dad Biking to WorkWorking Parents: Don’t wait to find time for workouts – make time.

    Between getting the kids ready for school and yourself ready for work, and putting in 40 hours per week, and getting involved in all of your kids’ extracurricular activities, it can be difficult to find time to catch your breath, let alone work out. Getting regular exercise is key to good health, a good mood and a longer life, according to the Mayo Clinic. Working out offers a range of benefits, from weight loss and increased energy to a lowered risk of certain chronic diseases, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis and cancer.

    Here are some workout tips to help include that all-important fitness into your schedule:

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  3. Tips for Kids for Saving Money

    Girl Putting Money in PiggybankWhen is it too early to start teaching your children about the importance of saving money and how to save? Never. The sooner your kids learn how to manage money, the better off they’ll be in the long run.

    To help ensure that your kids grow up understanding the value of a hard-earned dime or dollar, follow these money-saving tips for kids:

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  4. Can e-Books Be Bad for Reading Comprehension?

    Young Girl Reading a BookThey could be. A few recent studies indicate that e-books may negatively affect reading comprehension due to the very things that attract kids, including audio and animation. All of this interaction, The New York Times reports, can disrupt reading fluidity and interfere with reading comprehension.

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  5. Breaking the Junk Food Addiction

    Teenage Boys Eating Junk FoodAn epidemic has been spreading among American children for more than 30 years: childhood obesity. According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately one in three children are overweight, and 18 percent of all children between ages 6 and 19 are classified as obese. A lack of physical activity is part of the problem, but access to junk food also plays a major role in weight gain.

    If your kids are hooked on empty-calorie or sugar-filled foods, there are some ways you can break unhealthy habits and set the foundation for a healthy lifestyle:

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