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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. Which Everyday “Necessities” are More Expensive than Life Insurance?

    girl with grandparentsDid you know that the biggest misconception about life insurance is the price? Some people still believe that life insurance costs significantly more than it actually does.

    According to a recent study conducted by LIMRA, a worldwide association of insurance and financial service companies, and Life Happens, a non-profit organization based in Arlington, Va., 80 percent of consumers misjudge the cost for life insurance. The study also found that both Generation X and the Millennial generation overestimated the cost of life insurance by more than 110 percent.

    What’s the story?

    To protect your family through Gerber Life Insurance, for example, a $25,000 10-year term life insurance policy for a healthy 32-year-old costs $8.40 a month for a female and $9.00 a month for a male.

    To put that into perspective, here are some typical items that can cost more than a life insurance policy:

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  2. Three Big Benefits of the Gerber Life College Plan

    3 steps to get started with the Gerber Life College PlanGerber Life College PlanAs a parent, you want your child to succeed in life. Although college might not be right for everyone, most parents will probably agree that giving their children the opportunity to attend college is a path for success.

    Unfortunately, providing a child with that opportunity comes at an expensive price, and so parents worry about how they’ll pay for college when the time comes. What might surprise you is how concerned they are about this dilemma. According to a recent Gallup poll that collected data from 2001 to 2015, having enough money to pay for college is the most common worry among parents who have children under age 18.

    Fortunately, there is a way to ease some of the concern: by starting to plan for future college expenses as early as possible.

    One excellent planning choice is to buy a Gerber Life College Plan¹. If you aren’t familiar yet with the Gerber Life College Plan, here are some of its benefits (be sure to view the accompanying image that explains how easy it is to apply for one):

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    Categories: College Planning
  3. Tips to Start Off the School Year on the Right Foot

    back to school tipsAs the final days of summer draw near, heralding a new school year right around the corner, parents and children prepare to transition to a fresh set of challenges: A different teacher or teachers, maybe a different school, and adjusting to different classes and after-school schedules in just a few weeks.

    Although your “super family” may handle back-to-school time in stride, it can be helpful to keep some solutions and tricks in your back pocket, in case of a need to tackle a super-rushed morning or a forgotten lunch.

    Here are some back-to-school tips to help get the ball rolling:

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    Categories: Parenting Tips
  4. What Teachers Want Parents to Know

    Chemistry teacher in front of chalkboardIn the same way that a nurse or physician knows more about the art and science of medicine than someone who isn’t a nurse or physician, a school teacher knows more about the art and science of teaching than someone who isn’t a school teacher.

    Concerning school and teachers, how can a parent gain insights that best help their child?

    Teachers are more than willing to share information that can help strengthen the parent-teacher relationship and improve the child’s progress and the dynamics of the classroom.

    How to benefit from a teacher’s perspective? Here’s what teachers want parents to know:

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  5. Back-to-School Items You Shouldn’t Need to Buy New

    School supplies in backpackAs your son or daughter prepares for a new school year, you review the list of items needed. List in hand, you and your child head to the store to buy the back-to-school supplies, aware that the cost can add up quickly.

    To avoid excessive expense, it’s important to decide which items to buy and which can be reused. Here are some back-to-school supplies that you shouldn’t need to buy each year:

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    Categories: Saving Money