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. Quiz: What’s Your Guilty Pleasure?

    Drawing of ice cream sundaeWe all probably have a “guilty pleasure” that we like to indulge in from time to time. Maybe it’s mint chocolate chip ice cream, or a trip to a favorite clothing store for a new outfit. It’s important as well as fun to spoil ourselves every now and again, but what if we found ways for saving money while doing an activity we already love?

    Take our quiz below about what you love to splurge on – and then get some great tips on how to save money while doing so.

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    Categories: Saving Money
  2. What’s Been Done to Stop Bullying So Far?

    Girl being picked on by classmates As a parent, you’ve probably seen a story about bullying in the news just about every day. Although once seen as a minor issue that children just had to deal with, bullying is now viewed as a huge problem in our society. So huge, in fact, that STOMP Out Bullying, the leading national anti-bullying organization for kids and teens, has received support from numerous celebrities, including Katy Perry, Paul McCartney, and Ellen DeGeneres.

    It’s not just parents and celebrities who are concerned with bullying, either. Due to an increased level of awareness around the issue, politicians have started to discuss bullying as well. Here’s how they’ve attempted to curb bullying so far:

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  3. LIMRA Statistics: New Trends in Life Insurance

    Couple Reviews Life Insurance Policy With AgentLike most industries, life insurance is constantly evolving. As things change and new demands arise, the field must adjust to meet those demands.

    According to a few recent studies conducted by LIMRA, an insurance and financial services trade association, there are some interesting life insurance statistics with regard to families.

    Discover three new trends about life insurance that might surprise (and affect) you:

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  4. Teaching Your Child to Learn the Difference Between Verbal Bullying and Constructive Criticism

    Child bullied by a group There’s an old rhyme that children learned to use if they were called a name while they were growing up. You may know it already. It goes like this: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.

    The rhyme of course means that since words can’t hurt you physically, they should be easily ignored. That may be wonderful in theory, but in reality it can be difficult to disregard a hurtful comment. If this is true for you as an adult, it’s even more true for your child, who may have to deal with verbal bullying far more often, while having less experience than an adult in how to handle it.

    Although verbal abuse tends to be discussed less than cyber bullying or physical bullying, it may be an even greater problem. According to the website dosomething.org, that’s because physical bullying starts in elementary school, peaks in middle school and declines in high school, but verbal bullying can remain constant from elementary school onward.

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    Categories: Health & Safety
  5. How e-Books Can Save You Money

    Two teenagers look at a tabletNew books aren’t cheap, and costs can quickly pile up if your child is an insatiable reader. Luckily, there are ways to provide your child with books that won’t break the bank.

    Of course, your local library is an excellent resource for free books. Sometimes though, the library isn’t always the best option. Exuberant children can damage books, return deadlines can be forgotten, and busy schedules can make getting to the library a challenge.

    If that is the case for your family, you’ll need to find another way to save money on books. With the rise of digital technology, e-books have increasingly become a cheaper alternative to new books. If you hadn’t considered e-books yet, here are a few reasons why you might want to: 

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    Categories: Saving Money