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. Teach Your Child to Spell & Pronounce His or Her Name

    Babies wearing nametagsAs soon as your child learns to speak, you’ll want to help him learn to pronounce and spell his or her name. Start with his or her first name and then, once he or she has got that down, you can move on to his middle and last name. Following are some fun activities and tips you can use to teach him his name:

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  2. Is Preschool Right for Your Child?

    Preschool student smilesIf you’ve started thinking about preschool for your child, you’ve probably found yourself wondering: When did this process get so complicated? With preschool waiting lists and 13-page applications not entirely out of the ordinary, finding the right preschool is no longer a straightforward decision. Believe it or not, there are even preschool admissions coaches now!

    However, before you hire a consultant for your two-year-old, you probably have another question when it comes to this early step in your child’s education. It’s a question that a lot of parents are likely to consider but might be embarrassed to ask. While it is often phrased in several ways, it usually boils down to something like this: Is preschool necessary?

    As it turns out, that question is more complicated than it first appears. Here are some things you’ll likely want to consider when it comes time to answer that question:

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  3. Fun Ways to Teach Children About Finance

    Child holding dollar by piggy bankTried-and-true ways for teaching kids about money range from paying your children an allowance, to buying them a piggy bank, to opening a savings account with them. If you have used any or all of those methods or are currently using them, by all means continue doing so — they’re excellent strategies.

    However, not all children are automatically drawn to the subject of money, so you might find that your child is not as interested as you had hoped. For such children, a parent often needs to be a bit more creative and to come up with fun ideas for helping them to understand money.

    If that is the case for your child, consider these fun ideas for teaching kids about money:

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  4. Quiz: How Resourceful Are You?

    Woman with pitchfork next to large pile of laundrySometimes problems pop up that don’t have clear solutions. Maybe you need to peel a large amount of garlic, but don’t have the 30 minutes it will take. Or maybe you need to clear up your car’s hazy headlights, but can’t afford the expensive cleaner.

    When these issues arise, are you able to use your resources to find a solution? Take our creative problem-solving quiz to find out how resourceful you are:

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  5. 5 Children’s Movies You Never Knew Were Books

    Illustration of a Family at the MoviesIf you’ve ever seen a movie that was based on a book, you’ve probably said, “The book was better” at least once. Why? Maybe you visualized the main character to look or act a certain way, and the actor portraying him or her just didn’t stack up. Or perhaps the movie took some liberties with certain chapters of the book that you may have loved as they were originally written.

    On the other hand, there may have been movies you’ve seen that you didn’t even know were books. Don’t believe us?

    Here are five children’s movies that are also books:

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