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. College Savings Plans More Necessary than Ever in 2011-2012

    The Importance of College Savings PlansNews flash: A college education is expensive. Have you heard that before? While this is probably old news, tuitions rose again during the last school year, 2010 to 2011. There seems to be no end in sight and, as a result, college savings plans have never been more critical.

    Highest Attendance Costs Continued to Increase
    Sarah Lawrence College in Yonkers, NY, continued to hold the top spot in annual tuition, fees, room, and board with a 2.9 percent increase to $57,384 per school year. Landmark College (Putney, Vt.), Columbia, Wesleyan, Johns Hopkins, and Georgetown followed with annual costs in excess of $53,500 to attend. In many cases, the most expensive universities had one-year cost increases of more than 4 percent.

  2. Common Cleaning Products Pose Serious Risks to Young Children

    Child Spraying Cleaning Product on the WindowMany of the most common household products contain toxic chemicals that can be harmful to our children. In fact, according to a study published in Pediatrics magazine, over a period of 16 years (1990 to 2006) more than 250,000 children under the age of five were rushed to the emergency room for treatment after exposure to toxic products. The vast majority of those children were under the age of three.

    Dangerous household products can include:

    • Dishwasher detergents
    • Bleach
    • Toilet bowl cleaners
    • Drain cleaners
    • Laundry detergents
    • Floor and furniture polish
    • Paints
    • Pesticides

  3. Why Savings Rates Matter

    Family Comparing College Savings Plan RatesAs with all other savings accounts, the savings rates between college savings accounts can vary, but, with the ever-rising cost of college tuition, you’ll need to find a college savings account that yields significantly above the rate of inflation if you want your “today’s” dollars to grow enough to afford tomorrow’s education. Figuring out which accounts have the best savings rates obviously makes financial sense, but where do you start?

  4. Five Easy Weight Control Tips for New Moms

    Weight Control Tips for New MomsControlling your weight with a new baby around can seem impossible, but shedding those final pregnancy pounds is actually easier than you think. To lose fat, tone up, and increase your energy levels, just follow these five easy weight control tips for new moms

    Catch more zzz’s. There’s no such thing as “enough” sleep when there’s a new baby in the house, but you should stock up when you can. Lack of sleep stresses the body, which means you’ll hold on to more fat. To help shed the pounds, nap anytime your baby does – your waistline will thank you.

  5. Tips on Landing Affordable Family Life Insurance

    Affordable Life Insurance TipsFamily insurance rates rise right along with the cost of living. And even those of us who don’t have a sensitive aversion to discussing life insurance often avoid it for one simple fact: cost. But there are ways that you can get affordable family insurance.

    • Stop smoking now. Not tomorrow or next year, but right now. Even if you forget for a moment the damage you may already have done, there’s the damage you’re doing to yourself as a result of putting off something that you should have dropped years ago. But we’re not here to chastise you for having bad habits. What we will do, however, is remind you that you’ll end up paying incredibly high family insurance rates if you don’t.