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. Easy Ways to Go Green at School

    Green School Supplies in CubbyholesIt’s easy to go green at home by recycling, composting, and bringing your own bags to the grocery store, but once that the kids are off to school, maintaining earth-friendly habits can be a challenge. It’s important to follow the “Three Rs” philosophy both at home and at school: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. After all, 20 percent of Americans –more than 63 million people – attend school each day, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

    Many schools around the county are striving for better sustainability through solar power construction and rainwater collection. Even if your school hasn’t jumped on to the green bandwagon, these easy ways to go green will help to ensure that your family does its share:

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    Categories: Living Green
  2. Saving for College: In-state versus out-of-state college preparations

    Male Student In ClassroomGetting ready for college involves preparing your child for big changes in his or her life. But as a parent, you’ll need to make preparations as well based on whether your child plans to attend college in-state or out-of-state.

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    Categories: College Planning
     
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  3. Understanding Return of Premium Life Insurance

    Family Researching InsuranceReturn of Premium Life Insurance is a combination of Term Life and Whole Life insurance. It’s similar to a Term Life policy in that you pay for coverage for a pre-selected number of years (referred to as a “term”). However, if you outlive the term of the policy, every cent you paid into the policy will be returned to you – guaranteed. The premiums are higher for life insurance with return of premium than for Term Life policies, and you can minimize your monthly premium by choosing a longer period of coverage.

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  4. Preparing Your Child for the First Field Trip

    Mother With Daughter at School Bus StopYour child’s first field trip is an exciting event, both for you and your little one. However, it can also be frightening for your child especially if he or she isn’t used to going to places without a parent. To ease your child’s anxiety and ensure that he or she has good memories, prepare for the trip by using these simple tips:

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    Categories: Health & Safety
  5. Will a Down Economy Affect My Child’s Grow-Up® Plan?

    Broken Piggy BankYou hear it in the news every day – the U.S. economy has yet to fully rebound from the “Great Recession” of 2008-2009. Although every family’s situation is different, many people are still dealing with the leaner and meaner economic realities of post-recession years.

    The employment market remains tight and families feel the pressure of keeping up with the expenses of day-to-day-living. Yet family budgets need to address not only today’s demands, but also financial goals for the future.

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