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. Our tips for parents can help prepare you for various situations, as well as provide ideas for activities that you can enjoy as a family.

  1. Thanksgiving Traditions

    Thanksgiving CustomsFrom turkeys to parades, we look at the customs that make this holiday worth celebrating.

    Whether you spend Thanksgiving Day with family or friends, you’re likely to share longstanding customs. For some, it’s all about the feast. For others, it’s all about football. Here are some of our favorite Thanksgiving traditions:

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  2. Halloween Family Fun: Costumes, Candy, and Lots of Traditions

    Halloween QuizThe appeal of Halloween’s family fun is no mystery since this autumn holiday blends elements of the harvest and the supernatural, captivating kids and adults alike. Whether it’s candy treats, clever costumes, lively parties or colorful parades, there’s something for everyone in the spectacle and revelry surrounding October 31.

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  3. Home Organizing Tips to Clean Out the Clutter

    Home Organization IdeasEver feel like clutter is going to take over one day? From stacks of mail on the counter to many pairs of kids’ shoes strewn across the floor to piles of laundry waiting to be folded, running a home involves lots of moving parts and never quite enough time to put them all away.

    Whether you live in a small space or large space, you can get your home and your life organized with these simple tips:

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  4. Preparing For Road Trips With a Baby or Toddler

    Family Vacationing With A BabyPerhaps no other family activity strikes more excitement and apprehension in the hearts of new parents than the words “road trip”. Parents or grandparents looking forward to experiencing new places with their family –may also dread the cries of “Are we there yet?” and “I’m boooored!”. And what if these complaints aren’t in the form of words, but come from a crying baby?

    Family road trips generally are wonderful experiences, but add a baby to the mix and it’s a whole new ballgame. From lack of diaper-changing stations at rest stops to the challenge of comforting your baby while driving, traveling with an infant presents obstacles for even the most patient of parents to overcome. With a bit of planning, your next road trip with your baby or toddler can be smoother, less stressful and more enjoyable for the whole family.

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  5. Ready, Set, School!

    Child Boarding School BusIt’s time to get off the beach and back on the bus. Yes, it’s the time of year when school doors swing open and students stream back into their classrooms to meet new teachers, learn new things and, hopefully, get excited about resuming school-day routines.

    Many parents and grandparents will be thinking about the future as their kids head off to class, and about how to pay for college down the road. After all, a college education has long been a stepping-stone toward a bright future.

    This summer, Gerber Life Insurance offers an opportunity to help you fulfill that dream by entering in a sweepstakes for a Gerber Life College Plan1. You’ll have a chance to win a Gerber Life College Plan worth $10,000 or even $20,000. Visit contest.gerberlife.com between July 19 and August 29, to complete an entry form. To qualify, entrants must be 18 to 75 years of age and the parent, grandparent or legal guardian of a child who is between one-day-old and 8 years old on the date of entry. Read about the many benefits of the College Plan at www.gerberlife.com.

    You may want to enter the Gerber Life College Plan giveaways right away, and then stay in the back-to-school mode by taking our 2013 back-to-school quiz. We’ve gathered some fun facts about schools and students so go ahead and test your knowledge:

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