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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. 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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    Categories: Parenting Tips
  2. Exercises That You Can Do Anywhere

    If you’re among the people looking for an excuse not to work out, it won’t take very long to find one. Two of the favorites: “I don’t have time to work out” and “Gym memberships are so expensive.” The fact is that a good workout doesn’t have to be time consuming or costly. Just 30 minutes a day of physical activity can help to improve cardiovascular health as well as help to prevent heart disease and stroke, the No. 1 and No. 4 killers in the United States, according to the American Heart Association.

    Should you or someone you know have a reason for not working out, it’s good to remember the one much greater reason to start exercising: the prospect of a longer, healthier life.

    Here are 10 exercises to help you get moving, in addition to walking, walking, walking: 

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    Categories: Health & Safety
  3. Sitting or Standing At Work: Which is Better?

    The rise of computer-centric office work has produced a routine of too much sitting and not enough movement and physical activity throughout the day. To promote better health, the American Medical Association announced a 2013 policy change to encourage employers to provide options for employees so that they can avoid sustained sitting.

    Should you work sitting or standing for better health? You decide. Here are some facts:

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    Categories: Health & Safety
  4. Take the Stress out of Mealtime: Tips to Get Kids to Eat Healthfully

    Whether it’s lunchtime and your child prefers French fries and chicken nuggets instead of hummus and veggie sticks, or at snack time wants a doughnut instead of a yogurt, you are not alone. Many parents struggle to figure out how to get kids to eat healthy foods, especially when unhealthy, overly processed foods are often more convenient.

    All kids face different challenges and circumstances, but, in general, if you want to get your kids to eat better, then consider these proven tips:

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    Categories: Health & Safety
  5. “Green” Family Tips – Going Beyond Recycling

    Boy With Recycling BinMany families are taking an active interest in living a more eco-conscious lifestyle. Nevertheless, getting there can sometimes feel a bit daunting.

    Here are ways to help “green your family”:

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    Categories: Living Green