The Gerber Life Parenting Blog

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With work, family and finances, modern parenting can sometimes feel like a juggling act. The Gerber Life parenting blog gives parents advice and tips to help you take on today-and plan for tomorrow. Our parenting blog offers articles on saving money, college planning, family insurance, parenting tips, living green, and health and safety. Although we may not be able to manage your retirement account, drive your all-star athlete to practice, or cook your family's favorite three-cheese lasagna, our parenting blog can provide you with ideas, advice and tips so that you can focus on what matters most: raising healthy, happy kids. We invite you to join the conversation and enjoy our parenting blog.

  1. Self-Assessment Quiz: How Happy Are You?

    Happy Young Girl Listening to Music Only one-third of Americans would describe themselves as being “very happy,” according to the 2013 Harris Poll® Happiness index. To calculate Americans’ happiness, the poll surveyed 2,345 adults in the U.S. on a series of topics including relationships, health and finances.

    Why is the picture so bleak? The survey points to the tough job market as a possible cause of unhappiness. Some experts might argue, however, that you don’t find happiness by looking outward – you find it by looking within yourself.

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    Categories: Health & Safety
  2. Four Strategies to Help Balance Your Work Life, Home Life & Inner Calm

    Mom Working on Laptop in Living RoomWorking parents today tend to feel a need to do it all: chauffeur the kids to school, work eight or more hours a day, pick up the kids from school, help them with homework, and then burn the midnight oil to complete a work project. Who has time to catch one’s breath, let alone catch some sleep? How can a new parent keep everything under control without pushing over the limit?

     

    Here are four ways for achieving a healthy work-life and home-life balance:

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    Categories: Health & Safety
  3. Quick Workouts Under 30 Minutes

    Mom Working Out at Home

    Too busy to spend much time exercising? Not to worry. The Department of Health and Human Services advises that just 30 minutes of exercise per day can have a positive impact on your health.

    Here’s a quick list of some of the best 30-minute exercise routines:

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    Categories: Health & Safety
  4. What to Do if You Receive a Gift You Can’t Use

    Holiday Gift ExchangeOpening presents during the holidays can sometimes be a little awkward. While you’re opening a gift, the giver – and other people who may be in the room – watch expectantly for your reaction. One furrowed brow or downturned lip is a dead giveaway that you don’t care for the gift. Oops! Don’t grimace. Social faux pas.

    Whether the gift pleases you or not, it’s always best to graciously accept the gift and politely thank the gift-giver, including with a hand-written thank-you note sent by snail mail.

    Generally, it’s never a good idea to give back a gift. People give gifts as an expression of love, caring, friendship or appreciation. Turning down a gift can be considered rude, insulting, inconsiderate and bad manners, and complete disregard for the meaning of giving.

    What to do if you receive a gift you can’t use or don’t like? Here’s a quick guide for gift-giving etiquette:

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    Categories: Saving Money
  5. 10 Nostalgic Toys from Your Childhood

    Toys have a way of taking you back to your younger self, to the days when you were carefree and green to the ways of the world. If you were growing up during the 1980s or ’90s, you likely knew the lyrics to the “Full House” theme song, associated back-to-school shopping with florescent unicorn folders, and would save a week’s worth of allowance to buy a set of limited-edition Pogs. Are you a child of the mid-1980s to early ’90s? Here are 10 toys you probably loved and may still be hoarding in your attic:

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    Categories: Parenting Tips