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Tips to keep your family healthy and safe

When days get hectic it's hard to find time to prepare healthy meals or stay active as a family. Gerber Life puts quick, healthy recipes and workout routines for you and your family right at your fingertips. We also share tips for helping to keep your family safe, such as how to avoid everyday dangers. Because it's so important to take good care of your family, we hope that our tips for raising healthy families will give you the kind of practical information that can help you do just that.

  1. How Grandparents and Grandkids Benefit from Time with Each Other

    April 8, 2015

    Grandchild coloring a picture with her grandparentsParents treasure and love spending time with their grandkids. It often brings them back to the time when you were a child, and to fond memories they created with you. However, did you know that spending time with grandchildren might also benefit your parents’ health?

    A study conducted by the Women’s Health Aging Project in Australia found that post-menopausal women who spend time taking care of grandkids lower their risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and other cognitive disorders. The study, published in the October 2014 edition of Menopause, the journal of the North American Menopause Society, assessed the cognition of 186 women. Based on a series of tests, the study reported that the highest cognitive scores were seen in participants who looked after their grandchildren for one day per week.

    In turn, grandchildren can help their grandparents in a number of other remarkable ways. We’ve put together our own list of how grandkids may help to improve the lives of their grandparents – and vice versa:

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  2. What’s Been Done to Stop Bullying So Far?

    March 31, 2015

    Girl being picked on by classmates As a parent, you’ve probably seen a story about bullying in the news just about every day. Although once seen as a minor issue that children just had to deal with, bullying is now viewed as a huge problem in our society. So huge, in fact, that STOMP Out Bullying, the leading national anti-bullying organization for kids and teens, has received support from numerous celebrities, including Katy Perry, Paul McCartney, and Ellen DeGeneres.

    It’s not just parents and celebrities who are concerned with bullying, either. Due to an increased level of awareness around the issue, politicians have started to discuss bullying as well. Here’s how they’ve attempted to curb bullying so far:

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  3. Teaching Your Child to Learn the Difference Between Verbal Bullying and Constructive Criticism

    March 27, 2015

    Child bullied by a group There’s an old rhyme that children learned to use if they were called a name while they were growing up. You may know it already. It goes like this: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.

    The rhyme of course means that since words can’t hurt you physically, they should be easily ignored. That may be wonderful in theory, but in reality it can be difficult to disregard a hurtful comment. If this is true for you as an adult, it’s even more true for your child, who may have to deal with verbal bullying far more often, while having less experience than an adult in how to handle it.

    Although verbal abuse tends to be discussed less than cyber bullying or physical bullying, it may be an even greater problem. According to the website, that’s because physical bullying starts in elementary school, peaks in middle school and declines in high school, but verbal bullying can remain constant from elementary school onward.

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  4. Overcoming Child Bullying

    March 16, 2015

    Child Being Teased At SchoolWhether it starts with a sibling at home or another child at school, teasing is, unfortunately, something nearly every adolescent child experiences at some point. But when teasing escalates to bullying, it can often lead to long-term self-esteem issues that remain after the insults stop. While your child might not tell you that he or she is being bullied, there are certain indicators that you can look for as a parent, as well as actions you can take to help them dissolve the conflict – and build back up their self-esteem.

    Signs of Bullying

    There are three main types of bullying: Verbal bullying (insults or name-calling), psychological bullying (spreading rumors about a child to other children or purposefully leaving them out of group activities), or physical bullying (hitting or pushing). Here are some warning signs that your child may be being bullied:

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  5. How to Inspire Healthy Competition in Your Child

    March 13, 2015

    Parents Smile at Soccer Player Holding TrophyYour child races up the stairs. You’ve never seen him or her so excited about brushing teeth before. But the act of brushing teeth isn’t what has your child so excited. “I’m going to beat you!” he or she shouts. That’s when it hits you. Your child has discovered competition.

    Although it’s completely normal for 5- and 6-year-olds to embrace competition, it can be a challenging time for parents. To make matters even more complicated, there isn’t a consensus among child experts about whether or not competition is beneficial for children.

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