1. Ready, Set, School!

    Child Boarding School BusIt’s time to get off the beach and back on the bus. Yes, it’s the time of year when school doors swing open and students stream back into their classrooms to meet new teachers, learn new things and, hopefully, get excited about resuming school-day routines.

    Many parents and grandparents will be thinking about the future as their kids head off to class, and about how to pay for college down the road. After all, a college education has long been a stepping-stone toward a bright future.

    This summer, Gerber Life Insurance offers an opportunity to help you fulfill that dream by entering in a sweepstakes for a Gerber Life College Plan1. You’ll have a chance to win a Gerber Life College Plan worth $10,000 or even $20,000. Visit contest.gerberlife.com between July 19 and August 29, to complete an entry form. To qualify, entrants must be 18 to 75 years of age and the parent, grandparent or legal guardian of a child who is between one-day-old and 8 years old on the date of entry. Read about the many benefits of the College Plan at www.gerberlife.com.

    You may want to enter the Gerber Life College Plan giveaways right away, and then stay in the back-to-school mode by taking our 2013 back-to-school quiz. We’ve gathered some fun facts about schools and students so go ahead and test your knowledge:

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    Categories: General Interest
  2. Back-to-School Health Tips for Kids

    School Children Washing HandsSchoolwork should be challenging. Staying healthy at school shouldn’t be.

    The start of a new school year is a perfect time for parents to encourage kids to adopt habits that promote good health. Proper hygiene, good nutrition and regular exercise all play a role in keeping kids in prime shape to hit the books.

    Classrooms can be a breeding ground for infectious diseases. Younger children are particularly vulnerable, since their immune systems are not fully developed. Colds spread easily. A child sneezes and others sitting nearby may get sick.

    Teaching youngsters simple preventive measures can make all the difference for keeping illness at bay. Before the first school bell rings, tell your kids to:

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    Categories: Health & Safety
  3. Avoiding Back-to-School Stress

    Child Experiencing StressHeading back to school at summer’s end can sometimes elicit a stress response, and not just for the kids. School schedules can upend a parent’s routine as well.

    However, this seasonal transition can be smooth sailing with some planning, time management and a little mental preparation.

    Here are some tips to avoid back-to-school stress and ease into the new school year:

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    Categories: Health & Safety
  4. Back-to-School Bargains: Tips to help you spend wisely.

    Affordable School SuppliesHow do you avoid spending your last dollar on back-to-school purchases for your kids? Here are some tips to keep the lid on expenses:

    Organize, organize, organize: Most schools provide a list of recommended items for each child’s grade level. Sit down with your child and review the lists. Check to see if there are any items from last year that can be reused. The process of list evaluation is a great way to build children’s organizational skills.

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    Categories: Saving Money