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. Famous Child Rulers of the Past and Present

    Boy and girl wearing crownsCould you imagine your child ruling a nation or kingdom? Throughout history, young kings, queens and other sovereigns aren’t uncommon. Frequently, a regent would rule in their stead while the child-ruler was still young.

    Below are five monarchs who ascended to the throne before age 10:

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  2. Misconceptions About Motherhood (Feature Video)

    Mother's Day cardBeing a mom isn’t easy. Cooking, cleaning up and providing for your child take time, work, energy and dedication. Maybe you’re balancing a job (or jobs), too.

    As busy as you are, you sometimes may have had the impression that motherhood looks easy or easier for everyone else. Perhaps you know moms who always bake “perfect” birthday cupcakes, throw lavish parties for their child or sew beautiful, flawless costumes for school plays, all without seeming to break a sweat.

    Have an honest conversation with any mom, however, and she’ll tell you that perfection is a myth. Besides, having a “perfect” mom isn’t what children truly care about in the first place.

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  3. How to Effectively Handle Parent-Teacher Conferences

    Parent-teacher meetingThe reasons for a parent-teacher conference vary, but most frequently it’s so that a teacher can communicate to a parent how a child is performing in school, both academically and behaviorally. Because parents aren’t in class with their child, the parent-teacher conference is a valuable opportunity to meet the person who teaches your child and to get feedback on how you can help your child continue to develop strong learning habits.

    A child is almost certainly nervous about a meeting between his or her teacher and parents, and you may feel a few “butterflies” in your stomach as well. That’s natural, so there’s no need to worry.

    As a parent who wants to help your child succeed, you may be concerned that you may not ask all of the right questions or may not be able to benefit from the meeting. Whether or not that is the case for you, you may want to consider these tips for parent-teacher conferences:

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  4. Thoughtful Gifts for Teacher Appreciation Week

    Teacher standing in front of classAll across the United States during the first full week in May, parents and students and school systems join forces to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week. It’s a cumulative and happy way to thank teachers for the all-important work that they do, as the foundation for the world of tomorrow.

    What are some ways for you and your child to honor a teacher during this time? We’ve compiled a few gift ideas for Teacher Appreciation Week that will surely be welcomed:

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  5. 3 Mother’s Day Gifts That Children Can Make

    mothers day gift ideasHomemade Mother’s Day gifts are an ideal way to get your children involved and to add a personal touch that any mother, aunt or grandparent will undoubtedly love.

    The three Mother’s Day gift ideas below mostly involve steps that children can complete, but some steps will require adult assistance. Make sure that a parent is present to guide children through the process, and to help when necessary.

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