Parenting Tips

Advice for raising well-balanced children

When you left the hospital to take your newborn home for the first time, you may have hoped that the baby bag contained some kind of manual giving parental advice on how to handle the next 18-plus years. Then you remembered that babies don't come with a set of instructions for parents on how to teach a child values, resolve a conflict with a sibling or help a child study for an upcoming test. That's where Gerber Life comes in. Our advice for parents can help prepare you for various situations, as well as provide ideas for activities that you can enjoy as a family.

  1. 5 Activities to Celebrate Grandparents Day

    Grandma painting with granddaughterIt is said that by the year 2030, one in every five Americans will be older than 65, marking the first time in the United States that people age 65 and older will outnumber children under the age of five.

    As the senior-citizen community continues to grow, it’s important to do what each of us can to honor and promote respect for older generations by people of all ages, in a culture known for emphasizing “youth” and “new” rather than honoring age and wisdom.

    Grandparents Day on Sunday, Sept. 13 is yet another opportunity to do just that. Here are five Grandparents Day activities to help your family celebrate:

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  2. 5 Ways Parents Can Get Involved in their Child’s Education

    Mother helping son with homeworkAs a parent, it can be frustrating when your child seemingly is not receiving the attention at school that you believe he or she needs. Sometimes, the child’s teacher or the school or even the child may be limited in what they can do. Sometimes, the cause may be the quality of the education, or overcrowding in classrooms, or the lack of special education and/or honors classes. Or, sometimes the child may be in need of eyeglasses, or the subject of bullying, or simply bored for lack of a greater challenge.

    What can you do as a parent? Parental support plays a crucial role in childhood education, regardless of a child’s age or grade level.

    Here are some ideas for parental involvement in education that can help your child do well in school:

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  3. Teaching Your Child to be a Creative Thinker and Innovator

    children playing with blocksThe term “innovation” has become an often-heard buzzword. News reports and articles refer to “innovative” companies and encourage more “innovation” from young Americans. “Innovation,” it seems, is everywhere.

    The impact of creativity and innovation has been around since the dawn of time and is a legacy of great thinkers. Now that the ability to innovate is an increasingly desired quality among employers, what does this mean for parents?

    Can parents help their children to develop this trait, or is it inborn? Does it require a well-rounded education? Is it the result of a combination of factors? How can parents encourage their children to come up with ideas and solutions and to embrace traits like curiosity, questioning, exploring, dreaming, reading, learning, as well as thinking creatively, critically and spatially?

    For those wondering how to teach innovation to their children, here are three ways to start:

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  4. Accepting Different Parenting Styles

    Family reading book togetherAs a parent, you have your own standards and rules that you expect your children to follow. What happens when your mother or one of your mother’s friends, or the parents of your child’s friends, or a relative, or a school teacher disagree with your parenting style? What happens if your spouse disagrees with your parenting style?

    Here are some ways for handling such scenarios with grace and for maintaining your standards while being respectful of different parenting styles:

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  5. Flying to New Heights with “Empty Nest” Syndrome

    Smiling coupleYou knew that it would happen someday, and now it has. Your youngest child or your only child has moved out of your home and now it feels strange. Most likely, you have mixed feelings about this event.

    If you have a sense of sadness or loss, you may be experiencing what’s known as “empty nest syndrome.” This is not a clinical diagnosis but a phrase that sociologists coined to describe feelings of unhappiness or difficulty in adjusting to a new phase in life that many parents feel once their children have moved out.

    If you are having trouble adjusting to this new time in your life, here are the latest insightful findings and ways on how to deal with empty-nest syndrome:

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