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. Teaching Manners to Toddlers

    toddler practicing good manners at the dinner tableIt is never too early to start teaching good manners to youngsters. If children have a solid foundation from the beginning, they’ll consider manners as normal behavior, notes Donna Jones, author of Taming Your Family Zoo: Six Weeks to Raising a Well-Mannered Child.

    When it comes to teaching manners to toddlers, follow these three c’s: consistency, caring, confidence.

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  2. Setting a Good Example for Your Toddler

    daughter copying momA toddler’s world is a toddler’s school, and you, as parent, are the most influential teacher. To pass along good habits to your child, start with what’s most in your control: your behavior. Children do what they see, not necessarily what they’re told, and so setting a good example for your little one starts with you. Here are some tips to help you set a good example:

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  3. Who Comes First? Tips for prioritizing each family member’s needs

    family spending quality time togetherKeeping up with each family member’s unique needs and schedule can be challenging. Between your spouse’s and your children’s schedules and demands, it may often feel as if something’s got to give. No one is perfect, but ideally you can learn to effectively prioritize the needs of your spouse and children – as well as your own – so that the entire family can thrive. These tips can help:

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  4. Teaching Your Child about Healthy Relationships with Others

    toddler sharing an apple with momPlaying well with others is an essential life skill that starts in toddlerhood and lasts long past, when the toys are replaced by activities, work and daily life. What’s a good way to teach your child about healthy relationships with other people? Be a good friend to those around you and treat strangers with courtesy and respect.

    Here are four tips:

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  5. Transitioning Back to Your Day Job After Maternity Leave

    Mom and Baby BoyReturning to work after maternity leave can be difficult and filled with mixed emotions, even for the most organized of moms. Finding a good caregiver, adjusting to your previous work schedule, and getting yourself and baby ready each morning are just some of the challenges that many new moms face. With a little planning, you can be back on top of your game in no time. Below are a few tips to help make your transition back to work seamless, for both you and your newborn.

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