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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. Avoiding Common College Application Mistakes

    Girl working on college applicationsApplying for college can be one of the most important undertakings that students do in their young lives. However, because of such factors as inattention, carelessness and rushing, college application mistakes are common. They often can be avoided through patience, thoughtfulness, thoroughness, and a serious determination “to do my best.”

    Below are tips for avoiding some of the most common college application mistakes. We encourage you to share it with any college-bound students in your life.

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    Categories: College Planning
  2. Time Management for Parents: How to Organize Multiple Schedules for Multiple Children

    Girl writing on family calendarOrganizing your personal schedule can be challenging by itself. Add to that the schedules of multiple children and any number of their activities, and you could spend days trying to keep track of everything that needs to get done.

    The key to managing multiple schedules is having the right tools and the right mindset. Here are six tips and tactics for time management for parents:

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    Categories: Parenting Tips
  3. Teaching Your Child How to be a Good Older Sibling

    Sister and brother having an after-school snackAccording to 2015 statistics from the United States Census Bureau, about 80 percent of American children have at least one brother or sister. A sibling relationship is the longest relationship that most siblings will have in their lives, so it’s only natural that siblings can have a huge impact and influence on each other.

    The extent of sibling influence can vary greatly from family to family and person to person, and older brothers and sisters can pass down much more than the clothes and toys that they’ve outgrown.

    Here are some ways that parents can teach older brothers and sisters how to be good older siblings and encourage good sibling relationships:

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    Categories: Parenting Tips
  4. 10 Steps To Achieve Any Goal

    10 steps to achieve any goalMany people like to set resolutions and goals for the year ahead. What’s even better is finding the motivation to follow through.

    Achieving a goal may not always be easy, but one shouldn’t get discouraged. Be inspired by the following 10 steps to achieve any goal and ambitions, whether you want to get into better shape, pay off financial debts, change careers, or follow a dream.

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    Categories: Helpful Checklist
  5. 12 Realistic Monthly Goals That You Can Set for Your Child this Year

    12 goals to set for kidsLearning how to set goals and work toward them is an important life skill. By introducing the concept of goal-setting to your child at a young age, you can help establish a habit that can benefit your child for a lifetime.

    Especially for younger children, start by setting small goals. When children are young, a goal can simply be an action that can be repeated and tracked.

    It’s best to involve your child in the goal-setting. Find out what he or she would like to achieve this year, and then help him or her to decide the necessary steps for achieving it. For example, if your child wants to be a better reader, you could set a goal of reading for at least 15 minutes every night – a goal that’s specific and can be tracked.

    Here are some realistic ideas for setting goals for kids that you and your child can use for inspiration, tailoring them to reflect your child’s goals:

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    Categories: Helpful Checklist
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