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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 Ways That Procrastinating Can Be a Positive

    April 17, 2019

    how to procrastinate - girl studying

    Here’s the scenario: You’re tasked with an assignment – maybe to plan an event for your kid’s school or to complete a big work project. Do you get to it right away or wait until the last minute?

    Tackling tasks as soon as possible has merit. It’s certainly smart to check-off items from your list so that you can move onto the next. Yet, here’s the thing. Sometimes waiting isn’t so bad. There can be benefits to procrastinating but only if you do it correctly.

     

    1. Can Lead to Getting More Done

    Procrastinating is not necessarily synonymous with laziness. It’s simply taking your time to begin work on project, task or duty. Just because you might take your time doesn’t mean you’re not being productive. Procrastination at its finest requires being intentional and active.

    For example, mental planning, daydreaming, or simply thinking or talking about the task can be very productive, especially since you can do so while taking care of other things on your to-do list.

     

    2. Helps You to Prioritize

    Taking some time before starting or completing a task could help you determine what’s most important, particularly if there are other tasks you need to accomplish or juggle. Comparing and prioritizing tasks can give you a better handle on the big picture and everything you need to do.

    You may even decide that some tasks are just not worth doing, which would give you back a lot of time. Busy parents can use all the time they can get.

     

    3. Spurs You to Be Creative

    Jumping into anything too quickly could backfire, even if you have the best intentions. Coming up with the best or most efficient way to accomplish a task requires some brainstorming, which can be achieved through active procrastination. This doesn’t mean that you have to carve out time to sit at the table with pen and paper. It does mean that as you go about your day, you can brainstorm by letting your mind run free and making mental notes about options and ways for handling the work that needs to be done.

    Let your subconscious do the work for you while you consciously delay starting it. You may be surprised by how much time procrastinating actually saves you and by the creativity gained.

     

    4. Enables Making Better Decisions

    While your mind may be rational and you can usually trust your gut, it’s a good idea to weigh all of your options before making a decision. Some of the ideas you consciously or subconsciously brainstormed can become viable options. They may not have come to mind if you had rushed into the project or hadn’t thought about it at all until right before your deadline.

    Active procrastination can give you more time to find the best possible solution.

     

    5. Gives the Task Purpose

    When you’re assigned a task that seems menial, actively procrastinating gives you time to think about its purpose. Understanding why something needs to get done and who it affects can motivate you to complete it wholeheartedly. Understand the goal, keep it in mind, and work toward it.

    If you haven’t tried the concept of active procrastination, test it. It may feel odd to both the passive procrastinator and the self-starter, but it also may make your busy life a whole lot easier.

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  2. Earth Day Tips & Activities for Kids

    April 11, 2019

    Earth Day for Kids - child gardening

    This year on Earth Day – April 22 – an estimated billion people across the planet will take action to help preserve our planet.How can you teach your children to be environmentally responsible, and also make it fun for them?

    Here are some ways to make every day an Earth Day for kids:

     

    Plenty of outdoor time

    Even before Earth Day arrives, make sure that your children have plenty of outdoor time. Let them play with dirt, get fresh air, observe insects, and watch things grow.

    To experience empathy for our environment we need to be in it. So, let your children’s imagination run free by frolicking in the rain, collecting rocks, going on a scavenger hunt, or collecting different plants, flowers, leaves, or other things from a garden.

     

    How to Respect Nature

    Help your child understand the important roles that certain plants and animals play in the food chain. Bees are a great place to start, since so many plants and animals rely on pollination for food. Without bees, it is reported that 332,000 plant species could be in danger since they depend on insect pollination.2

    You and your child might decide to plant a bee-friendly flower garden, to provide forage and help keep the bee species alive. Certain flowers such as Black Eyed Susan, pansies and lavender, and herbs such as oregano and thyme, attract bees, which through pollination and the food chain helps animals and other creatures to survive, too.

    Another fun and helpful activity you can do with your child is to plant a tree in the backyard, since trees create oxygen for everything living nearby. You also could build bird feeders to sustain our winged friends, or set up a bird bath to help keep them clean. Both are fun and easy to do, making these great Earth Day activities for preschoolers and older kids alike.

     

    Recycle Routinely

    Kids learn through repetition, so by recycling things daily you can set a good example for your children. Teach them how to properly recycle paper, plastics, metals, glass, and other recyclables on your town’s list.

    However, keep in mind that not all paper, plastics or other objects are recyclable. Items such as food-soiled containers, used tissues, tiny pieces of plastic, and broken glass should be thrown out with the regular trash, or according to your town’s recycling list.

    Many items can be reused, such as paper and plastic bags. You can show your child how to put bags to good use by taking them along when you go shopping, to reuse instead of relying on new bags.

     

    Reuse with Purpose and Creativity

    Not only can repurposing help to reduce waste; it can also spark creativity. “Reuse projects” – which can come in handy, particularly on rainy days – can keep children creatively busy with  arts and crafts.  For example, your child could use photos from old magazines to create collages or other art, or could make a bird feeder out of plastic soda bottles.

     

    Ways to Conserve Energy

    Remind your kids to turn off the TV when they’re not watching it, and to turn off the lights when leaving a room. This good habit helps not only to cut down your electricity bill, but also to help your child understand the proverb, “waste not, want not.”

    The best way for your children to become more Earth-friendly is to be Earth-friendly yourself. Set good examples daily to help raise a responsible, respectful kid.

     

    SOURCE:

    1 – “Earth Day – April 22,” Earth Day Network, https://www.earthday.org/earthday/

    2 – “What You Need to Know About Bees and How You Can Help to Protect Them,” Earth Day Network, https://www.earthday.org/campaigns/endangered-species/bees/

     

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  3. Life Insurance Pricing Factors

    February 14, 2019

    Life insurance is something most people can benefit from no matter where they are in life, but life insurance prices aren’t the same for everyone. In fact, you may be surprised at what can increase life insurance rates. Here are some of the top things life insurance companies look at before pricing your plan.

     

    Life insurance pricing factors - What determines your life insurance premium?

     

    These are just some of the many factors that could impact your life insurance premium. Know them all and be sure to do your homework before selecting a policy. Get your free Gerber Life Term Life Insurance quote today.

  4. 7 Things Millennial Parents Are Doing Right

    December 18, 2018

    No matter which generation we’re a part of, we want the best for our children and we’re willing to put in the work to make that happen. However, the United States is a very different place from what it was 20 or 30 years ago.

    Millennial parents have challenges, resources and opportunities that their parents never faced or envisioned, which has led to some very big differences in how millennials approach parenting.

     

    1. Starting families later

    new parents - woman checking pregnancy test

    The current median age for getting married is 30 years old, compared to 23 years in the 1970s.1 With more women pursuing careers and with prices and expenses increasing, family life seems to be put on hold.

     

    2. Better informed

    millennial parents - couple cooking

    With so much knowledge at our fingertips thanks to the internet, today’s parents are searching for how-to tips for parenting. Millennials are strategic thinkers, interested in what has worked for other parents and what hasn’t.  Google found that three out of four parents are open to parenting tips they find on YouTube.2

     

    3. Dads are stepping up

    millennial parenting - dad playing with child

    Nowadays, new fathers play a bigger role at home than did previous generations of dads. They strive to be “perfect” and are interested in learning everything they can about parenting.As super dads, they are more involved with tasks like baby-proofing, changing diapers, making important purchasing decisions and more.

     

    4. Health conscious

    millennials - woman running with dog

    Millennials tend to be more health conscious than previous generations.  They carry their health consciousness into their parenting style, aiming to serve as positive, healthy role models.

     

    5. Dialogue is a priority

    millennial dads - father talking with son

    Millennial parents look for ways to be more “present” and involved, and let their kids be part of the decision-making process. Breaking away from “helicopter parenting,” they give their kids choices. Instead of pushing them to strive for perfection, they keep it real by having candid conversations with their little ones.

     

    6. They don’t define themselves as only a mom or dad

    millennials - woman painting

    “Millennial parents can do it all,” the saying goes. They prioritize their kids while still doing other things that make them happy. 75% of millennials say they’ve “continued to pursue personal passions” since becoming parents.3

     

    7. Saving more for the future

    saving money - piggy bank

    Once kids come into the picture, it seems like saving for retirement is kicked into high gear. To put this in perspective, boomers are saving about 5% of their income for retirement. But the Millennial generation is saving twice as much, with a very financially responsible 10% of income going into retirement savings!4

    And, of course, any sound retirement plan includes life insurance, so that spouses and children are financially protected if the unexpected happens.

     

    Wrapping it up…

    Yes, the parenting world we live in today is very different from previous generations. And Millennials may not be doing things the same way their parents did. New challenges require new approaches, and millennial parents are rising to meet those challenges. They seem to be doing parenting right.

     

    1 – “Millennials Coming of Age,” Goldman Sachs, 2015,  https://www.goldmansachs.com/insights/archive/millennials/

    2 – “Marketing to Millennial Parents? Here’s How They’re Redefining Parenting for Their Generation,” Think with Google, March 2017,  https://www.thinkwithgoogle.com/consumer-insights/marketing-millennial-parents-youtube-insights/

    3 – “Millennial Dads Turn to Digital in Their Moments of Need” Think with Google, June 2015,  https://www.thinkwithgoogle.com/consumer-insights/millennial-dads-turn-to-digital-in-moments-of-need/

    4 – “Millennial Parents Outpace Gen X, Boomer Parents on Retirement Savings,” Nerdwallet survey conducted online by Harris Poll, Aug. 2017, https://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/investing/parents-retirement-study/

     

  5. What’s Your Thanksgiving IQ?

    November 19, 2018

    How much do you know about Thanksgiving? Put your knowledge to the test! Here’s a mash-up of our favorite Thanksgiving trivia.

     

     

    Where was the first Thanksgiving gathering in 1621?

    About 90 Native Americans attended the first Thanksgiving. Which tribe were they from?

    How many of the 50 Pilgrims who attended were women?

    What did the Wampanoag bring to the feast?

    Now let’s fast-forward a bit…

    Who played in the first Thanksgiving football game of 1870?

    Which department store hosted the first Thanksgiving parade in 1920?

    Which U.S. President pardoned the first turkey?

    For how many days can you safely keep turkey leftovers?

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