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. 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.

  2. 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
  3. Green-Living Goal: Green Tips for Fall

    Green Living: Father and Son Raking Fall LeavesWhen you think of autumn, the color green is probably the furthest thought from your mind. But despite the naturally changing hues of nature during the fall, there is no better time to “go green” than when the weather begins to cool down. If you are not sure where to start, consider these helpful green tips for Fall for helping your family become more environmentally friendly this fall season.

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    Categories: Living Green
  4. Tips for Saving Money on Gas

    Father Pumping Gas at Gas StationIt’s Possible

    Unfortunately for your family transportation budget, you can’t gradually wean your cars off of fuel or stretch your tanks of gas by watering the fuel down, much the same as a summer camp might stretch their powdered milk supply. Saving money on gas costs is possible, however, by some common sense measures and an initial investment toward the ultimate goal of decreasing fuel use.

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    Categories: Saving Money
     
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  5. Rainy Day Activities for Kids

    Father and Son Playing Chess on a Rainy DayRainy Day Activities used to literally refer to what to do with children kept from their usual outdoor play pursuits. Nowadays, for many parents, it’s a struggle to get the kids to play in the sun and leave the video games behind. But all parents still have those days when space is limited and the kids get bored and restless. Parental and magazine websites are filled with options and ideas, but if your need for rainy day activities is “precipitated” by the loss of electrical power too, you’ll need to check out these sites now while your entire computer Internet equipment works.

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    Categories: General Interest