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. 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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  2. Quiz: Which ‘Senior Superlative’ Should You have been Named in 12th Grade?

    senior superlative quizToward the end of the senior year of high school, classmates traditionally vote on which members of their class are worthy of being the most likely to succeed, or are the most athletic, or the funniest, or another superlative. More frequently than not, only a limited number of students end up being recognized superlatively – for better or worse.

    Whether or not you received this kind of senior-year tribute, take our fun “senior superlatives” quiz to find out which one you really might have deserved:

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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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