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. 10 Unexpected Lessons of Being a Mom

    Lessons in motherhoodBefore you became a mom, you probably thought that you had a good idea of what to expect. After all, you have friends who are moms, and you’re the child of a mom. However, until you’ve run on less than three consecutive hours of sleep or discovered that diapers are built with secret escape routes, you may not really have had the full experience.

    The best discovery? The 10 mothers who Gerber Life spoke with all seem to agree that amidst the sleepless nights, crazy schedules and endless diaper changes, there’s the realization that you created another human being – and have the privilege of watching him or her discover the world. You also have the joy of witnessing every “first” – from baby’s first smiles to first steps to first words. In addition, there are days when your child becomes the teacher, even before learning to speak.

    Here are 10 things that those moms didn’t know about being a mother until they became one.

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  2. ‘Is the Tooth Fairy Real?’: Deciding whether or not to introduce your child to fictional characters

    Drawing of a tooth fairyEarly in your child’s life, you may face a question that some parents ask themselves and feel a need to answer: Should you introduce fictional characters, such as the Tooth Fairy, to your youngsters? Or, as your child might say, “Is the Tooth Fairy real?”

    There’s of course no clear-cut answer, but there are two basic views concerning what has transitioned during recent decades into a dilemma for some parents:

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  3. Full-Length Video: “Unexpected Life Lessons I’ve Learned From My Dad”

    happy father's day written in crayonWhile we’re growing up, we may be too young to fully appreciate what we learn on a daily basis from our fathers. Sometimes the lessons from dad might be about practical basics, such as how to set up a bank account or how to ride a bike or drive a car. At other times they may have been lighthearted, such as tips about how to wear the same shirt for two days in a row without anybody else realizing it or how to negotiate for the last cookie in the cookie jar.

    Looking back, dad likely gave us some unexpected pointers that we find ourselves using to this day – lessons that we never saw coming and that probably bring a smile to our face whenever we practice them.

    We hope you enjoy watching our video about some unexpected life lessons that some of us have learned from our dads:

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  4. Video: “Unexpected Life Lessons I’ve Learned from My Dad” (Sneak Preview)

    cartoon father and daughter at paradeOh, those funny fathers.

    Although we’re never sure when the moments will happen, we always seem to end up learning unexpected, and sometimes humorous, life lessons from dad over the course of our childhood. Perhaps it’s about how to shoot the perfect crumpled-up paper ball into a waste basket, or how to make the best meal from assorted leftovers. You just never know.

    Watch this sneak preview to see some unexpected lessons, and be sure to check back tomorrow for the full video!

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  5. Places to Take Dad for Father’s Day

    Dad’s baseball cap and gloveFor the upcoming Father’s Day on Sunday, June 21, why not think “outside of the box” by giving dad something other than a standard item like tie, cologne or tools? Instead of buying him something, why not take him somewhere? If you’re not sure where to take him, keep it fun, uncomplicated, nearby and inexpensive (since he probably wouldn’t expect an all-expenses-paid trip to Hawaii).

    Here are some fun and affordable Father’s Day ideas:

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