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. Feeling Like ‘You’ Again After Becoming a New Parent

    Mom & NewbornA recent article in The New York Times caused a stir online and, possibly, in many households, too. The article, “The Trauma of Parenthood,” cited recent studies linking new parenthood to depression. Although this is commonly referred to as “postpartum depression,” The Times article said that the depression the studies identified were not hormonal in nature. Rather, the studies linked depression to the activity of parenting and noted that both men and women have similar experiences.

    Parenting can be an all-consuming labor of love. With time, you can get back to feeling like “you” again.

    Here are six tips to help ease the transition into new parenthood:

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  2. How to Prepare Your Child for His or Her First Brother or Sister

    Older Sibling Meeting New Little SisterCongratulations, your family is growing! Each new child brings joy and excitement to your life, but preparing your child for a new sibling can be challenging. You want your first-born to continue to feel special, unique and important, while also welcoming a new baby into the family. It’s essential to recognize what this transition means for you, your child, and your family, and to offer parental guidance to your first-born to help ease the transition into the new role of being an older sibling.

    How you’ll approach preparing your first-born for a new sibling depends on such factors as the age and gender of your first child, and the reasons why your family is changing – such as pregnancy, adoption, step child or foster child – among other factors.

    Use these tips as a guide, adjusting them to meet your particular circumstances:

     

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  3. Preparing for the First Ride Home with a New Baby

    Crying Newborn in Car SeatWhen you’re a new parent, it’s common to feel overwhelmed and unsure of what to do before and after the baby is born, since you will not find user instructions or an owner’s manual. Your nurses will be helpful, as well as friends and family, but people sometimes forget what it’s actually like to be a new parent and so may take for granted much-needed advice.

     

    Because you have many things on your mind when you’re trying to buckle-in baby for the first ride home, it’s wise to handle major preparations in advance. Here are some key points to remember:

     

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  4. Are You Reading Too Many Parenting Books?

    Pregnant Woman Reading Parenting BookScores of parenting books are published every year, often with opposing titles and recommendations. Every parent wants to do right by their children, and many are turning to parenting books in order to gain skills, knowledge and ideas.

    Can parenting books hurt more than they help?

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  5. Realizing Your Childhood Dreams: Ways for Achieving your Life’s Goals

    Boy Pretending to be an Astronaut Each person’s goals and ambitions are unique. Some are challenges of will and self, such as running a marathon; others require great skill, such as being a professional musician; while still others may, in part, be based on luck or on being in the right place at the right time, such as getting to meet a famous person or winning the lottery.

    If you’re open to opportunities, you can make realizing your childhood dreams a reality. Here are some tips on how to get there:

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