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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. Low-cost Ways to Transform a Child’s Room into a Teenager’s Room

    Teenager’s bedroomIf your child has his or her own bedroom, he or she eventually will outgrow its décor and style and ask for a change. Perhaps your son now wants to give away the fire trucks proudly displayed all around his room, or perhaps your daughter — who was once mesmerized by astronomy — now wants to trade her glow-in-the-dark wall decals for a Taylor Swift poster.

    When that time comes, and with a little imagination and creativity, you’ll find some relatively easy and inexpensive ways to transform your child’s room into a room fit for a teen.

    Here are some teenage bedroom ideas that can make both you and your child happy:

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    Categories: Saving Money
  2. Flying to New Heights with “Empty Nest” Syndrome

    Smiling coupleYou knew that it would happen someday, and now it has. Your youngest child or your only child has moved out of your home and now it feels strange. Most likely, you have mixed feelings about this event.

    If you have a sense of sadness or loss, you may be experiencing what’s known as “empty nest syndrome.” This is not a clinical diagnosis but a phrase that sociologists coined to describe feelings of unhappiness or difficulty in adjusting to a new phase in life that many parents feel once their children have moved out.

    If you are having trouble adjusting to this new time in your life, here are the latest insightful findings and ways on how to deal with empty-nest syndrome:

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  3. Video: “Things You Should Never Have to Outgrow”

    kids water balloon fightIt may seem like yesterday that you were a kid running around the neighborhood with friends, water balloons in tow, leaving a scene of wet destruction in your wake. We may outgrow water balloons and T-shirts and hairstyles, but some things we should never have to outgrow. One of them is a sense of humor. Another is a life insurance policy.

    When you apply for the Gerber Life Grow-Up® Plan¹, which provides whole life insurance for kids, you’ll lock in a child-sized premium rate that never goes up during the life of the policy.

    Watch our short video to learn how the Gerber Life Grow-Up® Plan can actually grow with your child – and all of your children – for up to a lifetime, and for as little as pennies a day.

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  4. Alleviating Back-to-School Anxiety

    Children getting onto a school busAs the first week of school approaches, you begin to notice a change in your child. Maybe he or she becomes nervous at the mention of starting a new school year or throws a fit every time someone brings up the subject of meeting his or her new teacher.

    What could those changes mean?

    For some children, acting out or withdrawing or complaining of small physical pains such as a headache could be signs of back-to-school anxiety, notes Jeremy Pettit, an associate professor of psychology at Florida International University. If you notice any of those signs as your child prepares for the upcoming school year, try these tips for easing his or her anxiety:

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  5. How to Help Enhance Your Child’s Social Skills

    Friends on jungle gymSeveral months into the school year, children usually receive a report card about their academic progress, but – unlike years ago – not necessarily about their social skills and the progress they’re making socially.

    If you’re concerned about how your child is progressing socially, you could call your child’s teacher or ask the teacher directly. If you learn that your child is having a difficult time, perhaps the following tips for teaching social skills to a child will lead to success:

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