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. Summer Savings Ideas

    Summer Savings Ideas

    Wasting Money is Never in Season

    Although summer is a time of freedom, fun and adventure, our pursuit of a “good time” can sometimes cause us to spend money in ways we normally wouldn’t consider logical – such as dishing out $10 for a few two-scoop ice cream cones when we can buy a few gallons of ice cream for less money at the grocery store.

    This doesn’t mean never going out for ice cream, but rather spending smarter. Instead of a second trip to the local ice cream shop, make the shorter trek to your own freezer to dish out the frozen delights from your own scoop. And consider these other summer savings ideas, too!

  2. Avoiding Summer Bummers with Summer Safety Tips

    Summer Safety TipsTimely Tips to Keep Healthy in the Heat

    Summer is supposed to be filled with sun and fun, but if you’re not prepared, even the best day can turn into a bad one. So, take note of these super summer safety tips for a happier, healthier season:

     

    Don’t get sun burned – If you enjoy outdoor activities, summer can be the perfect time for a trip to the beach, pool, playground, theme park, hiking trail or other locales that make for lots of family fun. However, fun in the sun can become uncomfortable very quickly if you or your kids spend too much time under the ultraviolet rays. To avoid painful sunburn, follow these summer safety tips:
    •    Wear a hat and sunglasses that block at least 99 percent of ultraviolet rays.
    •    Avoid direct sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the sun is most intense.
    •    Use sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or greater, and apply it at least 30 minutes before going outdoors. Reapply the sunscreen every two hours, or after swimming or sweating.

     

    Stay hydrated – When you’re active in the summer heat and you sweat, your body loses essential hydration, which can lead to heat exhaustion or possibly heat stroke. While you’re playing tennis, tossing around a Frisbee, biking or whatever, make sure you drink plenty of water, about one cup every half hour. Also, try to avoid caffeinated drinks, which can actually dehydrate your body.

  3. Cut Your Risk of Disease by Stocking Up on These Three Super Foods

    Fresh and Organic BlueberriesHealthy living is all about eating well and exercising, two activities that tend to fall by the wayside in our fast-paced, hectic culture. Luckily, good nutrition can be as simple as loading up on these three super foods.

    Blueberries. These small, antioxidant-rich fruits are packed with fiber, potassium, and Vitamin C. Eating about ½ a cup per day will decrease your risk of heart disease and cancer. Additional benefits include anti-inflammatory properties, which can help control a host of chronic diseases. Added tip: For a breakfast that would make your doctor proud, combine two super foods by throwing a handful of blueberries in your morning oatmeal. Now that’s healthy living!

  4. Using Affordable Products Made of Natural Materials Can Help the Environment

    Man and Child with Bundle of InsulationThose committed to green living search for natural products, but sometimes don’t realize these materials can save money, too. Fortunately, you can commit to living in an environmentally friendly universe and keep your monthly budget under control.

    Natural Products and Safety  

    Most natural products, along with contributing to sustainable living, are also very safe for all living things. Certainly, the safety of our fragile environment is critical to our continued survival as a species.

    However, safety for ourselves, our families, our pets, and all living things is just as important. Imagine if natural products were environmentally friendly, but toxic to humans? Our environmental awareness quotient would drop dramatically.

  5. The Top 3 Things to Look for in a Family Insurance Company

    Parents with ToddlerNow that you’ve gone through the whole rigmarole of determining exactly how much life insurance you’ll need to cover your family in the event of the unthinkable, it’s time to start narrowing down your choices to determine which family insurance company will give you the best coverage for the least amount of green. Before you lose steam and decide to put off for another day something you probably should have done yesterday, here are a few tips to get you started in determining which family insurance company is right for you.

    • Don’t make your decision based on cost of premium. Comparing family insurance quotes can often be like comparing apples to oranges, and if you opt for the life insurance plan that’ll cost you less up front, it’s possible that you might be sacrificing certain coverage you don’t want to do without. Get lots of family insurance quotes, but before you make your decision compare the details of each plan line by line.