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. Living Within Your Means Need Not Be Stressful

    Living on a BudgetYou might recoil at the thought of living within your means, assuming this will be a stressful and unhappy lifestyle. However, living on a budget need not be an unpleasant habit.

    Learn What You’re Spending

    Budgeting can be challenging until you learn about your current spending habits. Keeping a daily log for around a month will give you the information you need to create a workable budget.

    Record every dollar spent for a short while. You will be amazed at the small amounts of money you spend that add up to much larger dollars. For example, that large exotic latte you buy to start your workday may cost only $2 more than a normal cup of coffee. However, you’ll lose at least $10 per week in unnecessary expense.

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    Categories: Saving Money
  2. How to Research the Customer Service Quality of a Family Insurance Company

    Woman Researching Insurance on the WebsiteWe all want to sign on with the best family insurance provider, if for no other reason than to give us the peace of mind that comes from knowing our families will be well cared for financially. But with the knowledge that not every family insurance policy is as good as the next, how can we ensure that peace of mind?

    You’ve no doubt already heard this nugget of advice: To determine the quality of a life insurance provider, find out what people are saying about the company. But short of asking the random stranger on the street if they’ve ever had any bad experiences with a particular insurer, what other means do you have at your disposal?

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  3. Five Safety Tips Your Kids Should Know

     Mother Teaching a Boy to Ride a BicycleWe all want to keep our children safe and injury free. You can start by teaching your children these five safety tips:

    Tip #1: Street Safety. Demonstrate how to look left and right before crossing the street. Teach your kids how to use and obey traffic and safety signals, and to walk on the left hand side of the road (i.e., facing traffic). Explain that cars can’t always see them, and that they must be aware of everything around them at all times. Above all, make sure they understand that they can’t play in the street.

    Tip #2: Water Safety. Knowing how to swim is both a fun activity and a potentially life-saving ability. If you don’t know how to swim, consider taking yourself and your children for swim lessons and safety training at a local pool or athletics club. And, never let a young child swim alone. A person can drown or nearly drown in seconds – active supervision is the key to prevention.

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    Categories: Health & Safety
  4. Support Environmentally Friendly Classrooms for Young Children

    Schoolgirl Painting in a ClassroomThere are many ways to create environmentally friendly classrooms, which help infuse green living habits in young children. If you’re a teacher, create one. Parents should also support environmental awareness in their children through green classrooms.

    Eco-Friendly Classroom Ideas

    Reusable containers for snacks, drinks and lunches. Even plastic containers help the environment if they are reusable. These containers, because of their usability, will not quickly make their way to landfills, where they may remain for hundreds of years. Unlike natural products, non-recyclable plastics, like most water bottles, will not environmentally break down and become useful aids to the environment. Reusable containers, particularly metal or cardboard, will reduce waste in local landfills.

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    Categories: Living Green
  5. Summer Quiz

    Summer Fun Quiz“Summer afternoon – summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”

    American author Henry James was certainly fond of summer. Who can blame him? Days are longer, the weather is warmer, and we gain a sense of freedom we wish could last forever. Even as we get older and our summer days are filled mostly with work, we still find time for adventure – trips to the beach, cookouts, campfires, hiking, biking, fishing or catching fireflies.

    Make your summer even better, with tips on staying safe and saving money by following the Gerber Life blog. For now take a moment for our summer quiz and see if your knowledge of summer is scorching hot or cold and rainy:

    1.    Which holiday unofficially signals the end of the summer season in the United States: Memorial Day, Independence Day or Labor Day?

    2.    The musical group Katrina and the Waves had a hit song in 1985 called: Boys of Summer; Walking on Sunshine; Summer Nights or Summertime Blues?

    3.    Summer Sanders won an Olympic gold medal in which sport: archery, soccer, swimming or diving?

    4.    Only two U.S. cities have average summer temperatures at or above 90°F: Las Vegas and Dallas; Austin and Dallas; Las Vegas and Phoenix or Phoenix and Dallas?

    5.    In 1966, which singer hit the charts with a song called Summer Wind: Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Otis Redding or Glen Campbell?