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. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Learning from Struggle: Tips for Encouraging Your Child

    Female Basketball Player Shooting HoopsYour child comes home and you can immediately sense that something is wrong. He or she missed an important shot in a basketball game, performed poorly on a test, or struggled to learn a new song in band practice. As a result, he or she may be reluctant to talk about what’s happened. As a parent, you can easily picture this scene, because you’ve lived it. If you’re a parent who hasn’t experienced it first-hand yet, you will.

    When something like this occurs, it’s important to pick your child up when he or she gets down. Although this seems like an easy thing to do, encouraging your child can actually be a bit more complicated than it seems. How honest should you be? Should you ignore talking about the event entirely? Would it be OK to help your child with the problem or should you let him or her figure it out alone?

    These are difficult questions to answer, especially when you’re dealing with a crestfallen child. If you have had trouble answering these questions in the past or think you might have them in the future, consider these tips:

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