The Gerber Life Parenting Blog

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 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.

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 and health and safety.

  1. 5 Easy DIY Halloween Costumes and Decorations

    October 10, 2018

    Halloween is in HOW many days? Don’t worry, we have some last-minute costume and décor ideas that can make you look like a pro and that you can make with your child. If you’re putting things together in a hurry and on a budget, no problem. You could use materials from around the house to create a masterpiece.

    Here’s some costume inspiration for busy parents:

    1. The Mummy

    Use an old sheet or a roll of gauze bandages to give your child a “preserved” look. If using a white sheet, rip it into long strips. Wrap the strips or the gauze around your child in two sections – top and bottom – keeping the top separate from the bottom (you’ll thank us later for this tip). Dab smoky eye shadow around your child’s eyes and a little on the cheeks.

     

    DIY Halloween Costumes - child mummy costume

     

    2. The Superhero

    Start with leggings and a matching T shirt. You’ll also need some spare felt, safety pins or fabric glue, child-safe scissors and a solid-colored blanket or sheet. First, cut out a large letter –– from the felt, then attach it to the T shirt with safety pins or fabric glue. Cut other pieces of felt into strips and turn them into a belt, headband or eye mask. Add a solid-colored blanket or sheet and you’ve got a Superhero cape.

     

    Halloween Costumes - boy in DIY superhero costume

     

    3. The Emoji

    Got a yellow T shirt in a size that’s too big for your kiddo? Perfect! Next thing you’ll need is a printout of “emoji” facial expressions. Then, attach the selected emoji to the T shirt with glue or safety pins, or use a stick-on emoji. If you have several yellow T shirts, you could make more emoji T shirts and have the whole family go trick-or-treating as every mood.

     

    Halloween Decorations - cutting paper

     

    Don’t let your Halloween creativity stop with the costume. It’s also easy to give your house or apartment a face lift before the trick-or-treaters arrive. Here are some options:

     

    4. Wicked Welcome

    Turn your front door into a spooky or silly face that can catch the eyes of passersby. All you need is some white or colored paper, tape, child-safety scissors and imagination.

     

    Halloween front door decoration

     

    5. Eerie Entryway

    Transform your entryway into a critter cave. Begin by stretching cotton batting into long pieces, then positioning them in the entryway to create fake cobwebs. Sprinkle plastic or paper spiders throughout the cobwebs for a Halloween-style, spine-tingling effect. Finish the look by hanging cut-out paper bats from the ceiling.

     

    Halloween pumpkins on front porch

     

    A Word on Safety

    Halloween is a lot of fun for you and the children, but it’s important to play it safe.
    – Remember to keep your pathways cleared and well-lit for trick-or-treaters.
    – Make sure that your kids are visible when trick-or-treating at night by attaching reflective tape to their costumes.
    – Don’t forget to check the candy they bring home!

     

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  2. Paid Maternity Leave Infographic

    February 6, 2018

    Despite the fact that it happens every day around the world, having a baby is a big deal! Babies, while so small, have a big impact on the lives of new parents. And what’s more, this impact radiates out, touching careers and even our national economy!

    Click below to see why Paid Maternity Leave is so important for parents, employers, and the country at large.

    Maternity Leave Infographic

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  3. Teaching Generosity This Holiday Season

    December 1, 2017

    girl hugging her baby sister near sofa

    The holidays are coming and ‘tis the season…for what? In your child’s eyes, the answer is probably fun, treats and gifts. But how can you add generosity to the equation?

    Convincing your little one that it’s better to give than to receive is no easy task. Here are a few tips to get your child thinking about the importance of generosity during the holiday season and beyond.

    • Introduce the concept in a fun way. You may be surprised—and impressed—with what your child has to say once you start a discussion. Even young ones mostly understand that generosity is a fundamentally “good” thing. Try using themes from books or movies they love to start a conversation about positive, generous behavior.
    • Make it personal. Financial generosity may be a little abstract for young kids, so help them understand the topic in a context they understand. Sharing toys is a great place to start. (And probably the source of some drama in your household anyway, so why not tackle the issue head on?) Ask your child to think of times when someone didn’t share – how did it make them feel? It’s never too early to help your child develop empathy.
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  4. Celebrating 50 Years of Protecting Families

    November 2, 2017

    Every day with your family is a chance to create beautiful memories. Your kids get older. They reach new and big milestones. They make you laugh. Or, maybe you’re a grandparent enjoying a new generation of family fun.

    These moments are worth celebrating and, more importantly, worth protecting. That’s why Gerber Life Insurance has had the same mission for 50 years: to help parents achieve greater financial security and protection for their families.

     

    We believe that everyone should have the life insurance coverage they desire and need, even young families on a limited budget, and we offer insurance products for people at every age and stage of life, from infancy onward.

     

    Our quality and affordable family life insurance policies have been giving our customers comfort and peace of mind since 1967. As we mark our 50-Year Anniversary, we’re proud to have earned a reputation for dependability along the way.

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  5. A Happy & Safe Halloween for Your Little Goblin

    October 16, 2017

    Halloween can be the best holiday for parents and kids, full of laughs and thrills – and candy.

    So how come it may also cause you some stress? Simple: Combine costumes, strangers and nighttime, and it’s a witch’s brew of potential challenges.

    Is this reason for caution? Of course.

    Is this a reason to avoid trick or treating? Of course not!

    At Gerber Life Insurance, we understand that you can never be too careful when it comes to protecting your children. As always, being prepared and as informed as possible helps to minimize anxiety and focus on the FUN.

    Here are four easy tips to help make this Halloween a safe and positive experience for you and your little goblin.

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