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. Help Safeguard Your Children’s Privacy Online

    child-online-privacy-previewIt’s hard to keep information about ourselves off of the Internet. Social media and other factors have increased the likelihood that personal photos and information will appear online, even if we don’t want them to. Parents face the double challenge of managing both their own and their children’s online privacy.

    The task starts before the children can even log onto a computer. Although they may be too young to share their information and photos on social media, their parents may want to share photos with family and friends. Therefore, it’s important for parents to take precautionary measures concerning their children’s online privacy.

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  2. Generational Differences in Use of Social Media

    Millennial social media post exampleSocial media has been changing how many people communicate, including the way that different generations communicate online. Although members of a family might speak a shared language, they‘re likely to speak differently online – so differently that three identical posts by three family members of different ages could appear to say three different things.

    For instance, maybe a teenager has chuckled when grandpa posted something on the teenager’s wall that he meant to post on his own wall. Or maybe an older relative has struggled to decipher the emoji use of a young niece or why she uses “100” so much.

    Could this portend a rising demand for skilled multilingual translators of generational speech? Or higher salaries for the savvy who can fluently communicate both grammatically and in ungrammatical social media-ese? Or a return to The Stone Age, where tonal grunts worked just fine? Or simply today’s version of yesterday’s “slang”?

    Here are some fanciful general perceptions:

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  3. Tips for Teaching Children About Forgiveness

    mother comforts sonYou know the scenario: All is peaceful in your home. Suddenly your child, who had been playing in the yard with a friend, storms inside. “Hannah pushed me down!” she screams, as she begins to choke back tears.

    Although your child is angry now, and justifiably you learn, she will eventually need to forgive her friend. As a parent, you will want your child to forgive her friend because it’s the right thing to do and necessary for good health.

    Studies continue to show that forgiving is a healthy action.

    For example, a 2001 study conducted by Dr. Fred Luskin, co-founder of the Stanford University Forgiveness Project, found that forgiveness can lead to higher levels of compassion and self-confidence, as well as lower levels of stress and depression.

    Although science and wisdom through the millennia have told us that it’s good and important to be able to forgive, teaching children about forgiveness can sometimes be difficult. Consider encouraging your child to forgive others, through these tips:

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  4. When to Allow Your Child to Start Wearing Makeup

    Teenage girls putting on makeupAccording to a recent article by Lauren Smith in Glamour magazine, girls are wearing makeup at younger ages than ever before. The article cites a survey among 1,000 women in the UK conducted by Escentual.com, an online beauty products retailer, found that many girls start to wear some kind of makeup product when they are as young as 11 years old. This might be shocking to some people, but probably not to many parents.

    If you have a daughter who is about that age, she may have asked you if she can wear makeup. If she hasn’t, she soon may, which invites the question that many parents seek to answer:  At what age should girls wear makeup?

    For parents still deciding how to answer that question, here are a few considerations:

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  5. Recognizing Everyday Role Models

    woman firefighter smilingEvery day, there are members of our community who normally work behind the scenes to ensure that our neighborhoods and cities are safe and running smoothly. Often, these everyday role models go unrecognized for their hard work and dedication.

    And although we might not necessarily acknowledge their efforts as much as we should, our children certainly do. Many children admire community role models like nurses, teachers, police men and women, and firefighters so much, in fact, that they often pretend to be them, would like to grow up to be them or get very emotional in their presence, as one Cincinnati toddler did when he met his neighborhood heroes.

    So, instead of only recognizing these role models in official ceremonies or during parades, it might be a good idea to take a hint from our children and acknowledge them more frequently with a small thank you. After all, who doesn’t want to feel appreciated for the work that they do?

    If you aren’t entirely sure how to acknowledge these wonderful members of our communities, follow these three easy steps:

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