The Gerber Life Parenting Blog

What parents want to know

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. Healthy School Lunches

    Young Boy Eating Healthy School LunchEnticing and healthy school lunch options are among some of the most often sought parenting tips online and off — and for good reasons. According to an online U.S. News & World Report article on Aug. 30, 2010, 20 percent of kids and teens are overweight and school lunch staples of pizza, chicken nuggets and French fries just add to the problem. Unsurprisingly, kids who bring their lunches from home have been found less likely to be obese and more likely to include veggies and fruits as regular parts of their diets. Healthy school lunches require fresh foods, protein for learning and complex carbohydrates for energy.

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  2. Nature Crafts: Natural Holiday Decorations

    Holiday Wreath of Twigs and BerriesMost households – especially those with children in them – do some type of decorating during the winter holiday season. Whether for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or simply to celebrate the natural beauty of winter, winter holiday decorations can be costly and consume a lot of natural resources. To make your holiday decorating more eco-friendly this year, consider taking advantage of some of these natural holiday decorations.

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    Categories: Living Green
  3. How to Reduce Your Debt and Save Money on Credit Cards

    Man Using Credit CardThe recent recession accelerated an already growing debt crisis for many Americans. Parents can easily become overwhelmed by their debt levels and the typically high interest rates that come with unsecured loans and credit cards. However, if you can maintain control and stay somewhat objective, you can systematically reduce your debt, while saving money on credit card interest and fees. Here are tips to create a successful plan to reduce your debt.

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  4. 10-Year Versus 20-Year Term Life Insurance for Families

    Couple Researching Life InsuranceLife insurance is critical for the long-term financial security and stability of a family. Young families cannot afford to lose a spouse and a parent. Financially, each parent is needed to cover costs of bills, mortgages, loans, health insurance, general expenses, and school costs. Not only would the loss of a spouse and a parent be detrimental to the current influx of money to cover bills, but there would be added expenses, such as funeral costs and the costs of organizing and running the estate. In order to protect the long-term interests of a young family, the parents need to get term life insurance. Term life insurance can cover funeral costs and other added expenses, such as medical bills. Life insurance can also ensure that the family can keep up with mortgage payments and bills and provide monetary safety for your family.

  5. Nitrogen-Filled Tires Save Money and the Environment

    Dad Checking Tire PressureWith gas prices across the country nearing $5 a gallon, its little surprise that motorists are looking for any way possible to save money when they hit the roads. One way to do this? Consider  using nitrogen filled tires for your car.

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