The Gerber Life Parenting Blog

What parents want to know

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. How to Avoid Electric Bill Shock

    Electric bill shock will typically come to those who wait. Why wait when you already know that unpleasant surprises are waiting for you? You may want to review helpful devices that estimate electricity consumption in your home or business.

    After all, how can you save energy if you don’t know how much power you’re using? If your answer is “It’s impossible,” you’re right. Yet, there are ways to eliminate this uncertainty. Some help already exists and more is on the way.

    The PowerCost Monitor™

    This high-tech, but amazingly simple device offers real world feedback to you about how much electricity your home is using. The device tells you in both dollars and kilowatts (KW) what is happening consumption-wise in your house or office.

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    Categories: Helpful Checklist
  2. Five Good Ways to Save for College

    Saving for college is challenging, but you have some excellent options. When you save for college, knowledge is power. The key is to identify the college funding options that are best for you. Here are some proven suggestions.

    1. 529 College Savings Plan. College planning becomes easier and cost effective with a 529 educational savings account. Two features are primarily important: You can contribute up to your state maximum per year. Equally important, your earnings will grow tax-free.
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    Categories: College Planning
  3. Child Life Insurance: Three Reasons to Buy a Child Insurance Policy Today

    No parent wants to think about their child needing life insurance. After all, life insurance is designed to cover funeral expenses when you die, and help your loved ones continue the same standard of living they had before your death.

    Some people claim that, because a child has no dependents to support, they don’t need life insurance. But that’s only half the story. Here are three important reasons to buy your child life insurance today.

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  4. The Three Types of Daily Exercise

    Mention exercise to some people—particularly devoted couch potatoes—and you’ll receive looks of horror, disbelief, and the always dependable, “deer in the headlights.” Those to whom the thought of exercise conjures disturbing images of overweight or muscle-bound people, sweating profusely, and pumping heavy iron, need to take a deep breath and just calm down.

    While you can certainly choose to spend your off-hours at a state-of-the-art gym working on your abs, arms, legs, etc., to create a sculptured body, it is not a necessity to feel healthier. You can even exercise with your baby or young child, implanting wonderful, healthy habits at their young age.

    Types of Exercise

    1. Flexibility. Stretching and range of motion exercises help everyone and can be done daily without consuming large blocks of time or risking injury. If you have arthritis or worry about getting “long in the tooth,” stretching will help you loosen up those annoying stiff joints upon rising in the morning. Among the more effective flexibility exercises are yoga and tai chi, but just stretching your arms (biceps and triceps) and legs (quads, calves, and hamstrings) are wonderful to keep you healthy and trim.
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    Categories: Health & Safety
  5. Living on a Budget—Happily

    Many people live a tortured existence, fearing four simple words: “Living on a budget.” However, these people can learn to live within budgetary constraints and concentrate on saving money, while enjoying life and all it has to offer. Using a few easy, universal tips are all you need to conquer the fear and cheerily move on. Try these suggestions to make you and your budget smile.

    • Start a daily log. Although the magnitude of his genius is astounding, Albert Einstein was an early proponent of the “KIS” (keep it simple) doctrine. To create a budget you can live with blissfully, first start and maintain a simple daily log of your expenditures. All you need is a small notepad, like those used by your favorite TV detectives when interviewing witnesses. You will be amazed, sometimes pleased, sometimes unhappy, often surprised, and always empowered by what you learn. Keeping this log for just a few weeks will teach you how to control your spending.
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