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 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. Operation Organization: How to Organize Your Home

    A Well-Organized HomeHave you ever looked around your home and felt overwhelmed by the clutter invading your space? Toys, games and puzzles are all over the floor. Mail is piling up on the table. Pencils, crayons, and coloring books are messily shoved into the drawer just to get them out of the way. If that describes your home, here are several tips on how to organize your home.

    First recognize that everything in your home should have its own place. If you don’t believe that, you will never get organized. Second, understand that every home, no matter how big or small, can be organized. Third, take action. Thinking about organizing your home won’t actually get rid of the clutter. So, without any further ado, here are tips on how to organize your home.

  2. Helpful Hints for a Healthy Homework Routine

    Young Boy Doing His HomeworkWouldn’t it be wonderful if there were a magic potion that made children excited about homework? In the meantime, here are some tips to develop a healthy homework routine that will work for both you and your kids.

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    Categories: Parenting Tips
  3. Foolproof Lunch Ideas For Kids

    Boy Eating Healthy LunchFoolproof lunch ideas for kids have to satisfy two often-contradictory goals: a kid’s taste test and his parent’s “good food” definition. Adding to the difficult mix are websites and magazines with ridiculously ornate foods that more closely resemble artistic sculptures than the basis of a child’s lunch. No one but a Stepford wife would spend hours creating two-story decorative cupcakes that will hardly survive the trip out the door, much less the timeframe between arriving at school and lunchtime. The best advice for any parent is to take the workable ideas and modify them according to the home pantry contents and available lunch preparation time.

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  4. Useful Single Parenting Tips

    Single Parent and Son Riding BikesSingle parenting would never be confused with a night on the town or a relaxing picnic, but it need not be overly stressful and/or frustrating. New single parents are most at risk for becoming overwhelmed.

    However, remember, even in two parent households, babies and young children come with a strong “overwhelming quotient.”

    Almost all newer single parents experience feelings of isolation and/or inadequacy. This is normal and this, too, shall pass, if you get yourself organized and committed to excellence. Here are some basic single parenting tips to become more self-confident, under control and comfortable.

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  5. Can Anyone Qualify for a Pell Grant?

    Who qualifies for a pell grant?Pell grants are government grants awarded to help pay for the tuition and other education-related needs of college students who are financially disadvantaged. According to the U.S. Department of Education, maximum award amounts reach as high as $5,550 for the 2011-2012 school year, although the amount awarded per student varies on financial need.

    Not all financially disadvantaged applicants qualify for a government pell grant, however, as they are typically awarded to students who are undergraduates who have not previously completed a four-year bachelor’s degree program. Furthermore, pell grant funding is only available for up to 18 semesters of college for students who first qualified for a pell grant after the summer of 2008

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    Categories: College Planning
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