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. Our Treat to You: Money-Saving Halloween Tips for Parents

    Cost-Effective Costumes & CandyAre you ready to be scared? You, your friends and millions of other American consumers spent … eek! … a combined $6.9 billion1 on Halloween in 2011! That number is expected to rise even higher this year.

    Just think of all that you could buy with that amount of money:

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    Categories: Saving Money
  2. Green Activities: Starting a Family Garden with Your Kids

    Green Activities: Mother Gardening with DaughterOne of the most rewarding experiences a parent and child can share together is planting and watching something grow out of the fruits of their own labor. Starting a family garden with your children is not only valuable bonding time, but is also a green way to teach your children about where foods come from, how to care for plants and how much better organically grown foods are for you. Regardless of how much space you have to work with or how much time you have on your hands, starting a garden with your children is relatively simple and can be done in a way that is convenient for you and your family.

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    Categories: Living Green
  3. Who Should Get a Flu Shot in the Family?

    Young Girl Preparing to Get Flu ShotYou know when flu season is here — and chances are it is not because you or a family member has come down with the nasty virus. Instead, the initiation of the beginnings of flu season occurs when doctors, clinics, pharmacists, schools, businesses and drug stores start passing out flu vaccinations like coffee. With flu vaccines advertised with such force, you may be wondering who should get a flu shot in your family?

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    Categories: Health & Safety
     
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  4. Choosing a Preschool

    Mother Taking Son to First Day of PreschoolChoosing a preschool for your kids is no easy task. Your child’s mind is like a sponge in the pre-kindergarten years, so it is no wonder you want to make sure he or she is getting the very best care and education possible during this formidable time. Remember, it is never too early to start looking for preschools, and enrollment in the most prestigious schools fill up fast, so start searching as soon as possible.

  5. Can I Deduct Contributions to a 529 Account?

    College Students Waiting in Admission's OfficeA 529 plan, which is also known as a qualified tuition plan, is an effective investment tool you can use to save money for your children’s college expenses. While the Internal Revenue Service does not permit account owners to take a 529 plan tax deduction on their federal income taxes, it may be possible to claim a state tax deduction for contributions you make to the plan. However, the rules for taking this deduction vary by state.

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    Categories: College Planning