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. Help Prevent Summer Learning Loss with These Tips

    Mom & Daughter ReadingAt the end of another school year, many families breathe a sigh of relief. The hectic days filled with exams, class projects and extracurricular activities will soon be replaced with long days, warm nights and, hopefully, a little R&R. Don’t put the pens and pencils away just yet! It’s time to develop a plan to help prevent summer learning loss.

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    Categories: Parenting Tips
  2. 7 Potty-Training-Reward Ideas to Consider

    Baby on pottyPotty training is tricky business. Some parents of toddlers will try almost anything to get their child to use the toilet.

    Because every child is different, finding a potty training method that works for your child is key. Incentives may help to motivate some children in some circumstances, while other children simply may not yet be ready to give up diapers.

    If you think that a potty training incentive might work for your toddler, here are seven ideas to consider:

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    Categories: Helpful Checklist
  3. Splurge or Squirrel Away: What’s Your Personal Money-Management Style?

    Personal Money Management QuizMost people know the importance of putting money aside for a rainy day or for future expenses yet have different ways of approaching financial responsibility.

    In managing your money, do you often have the urge to splurge or to feed your piggy bank, or to always look for ways to spend less and to squirrel away bucks for a goal?

    It’s time to pony up, not play ostrich. Take our quiz below for a look at your style of managing your personal finances:

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  4. Healthy Summer Snacks for Kids and Adults

    Child enjoying a summer treatGo from breakfast to bedtime with healthy summer snacks. Here are some that are great for kids but “grown up” enough for adults:

    Maple Cinnamon Hummus: Sweeten up your hummus by serving maple cinnamon hummus. Enjoy it as a snack with cinnamon sugar pita chips, for lunch on whole-grain toast with thinly sliced apples or serve it for breakfast on top of warm toast, waffles or tortillas.

    Warm-Frozen Chocolate Bananas: Here’s a snack that both you and your kids can enjoy, and that has it all: fruit, chocolate, nuts. This healthy summer recipe, perfect for an afternoon playdate or a pre-workout snack, is easy to make. Dip warm, sautéed or frozen bananas in chocolate sauce and cover with your favorite healthy topping such as nuts, dried berries or raisins.

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    Categories: Health & Safety
  5. New-Parent Fears: Nipping Typical Worries in the Bud

    newborn babyIt’s natural for first-time parents to feel anxious: You’re new at this and haven’t had a chance to gain confidence in your abilities. You’re also not alone in feeling anxious, for many a parent was once in your shoes.

    Take a deep breath, relax and don’t worry, you’ll be fine. Here are some suggestions to help allay typical new parent fears:

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