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. White House Website Teaches Kids About Money

    White House exteriorTeaching children about healthy financial practices can be a challenge. Although there are good ways to give children an incentive to save money, it can be much harder to explain the value of saving.

    Among the resources available to help parents with this task is “Money As You Grow,” a website created by the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability and launched by the White House in May 2012.

    The “Money As You Grow” website helps parents to teach financial literacy to their children. Written in easy-to-understand language, it seeks to remove some of the complications and unease that often surround money issues. The website has segments for five separate children’s age ranges: 3-5 years, 6-10 years, 11-13 years, 14-18 years and 18-plus years.

    Here are some of the money tips for kids and lessons that the “Money As You Grow” website offers:

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    Categories: Saving Money
  2. Preparing Children for the Future Without ‘Helicopter Parenting’ or Holding Them Back

    Father helping son to ride bikeThe term “helicopter parent” originally appeared in a book by Dr. Haim Ginott, Between Parent and Teenager (Macmillan Co,1969). Although the term might be older than you perhaps thought, it has the same meaning today as it did then: a parent who is overprotective or too involved in the life of his or her child.

    The website notes that helicopter parenting can have negative consequences for children, including decreased confidence, undeveloped coping and life skills, and increased anxiety. Therefore, it’s important for parents to avoid being overprotective of their children.

    Here are a few ways to help prepare your child for the future without helicopter-parenting:

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    Categories: Parenting Tips
  3. A Quick Guide to the Gerber Life Insurance Policies

    Gerber Life Insurance product benefitsGerber Life Insurance product benefitsGerber Life offers a range of insurance policies that were designed to fit the different needs of different people – from young families to grandparents. Ever since our founding in 1967 by Gerber Products Company, “the baby food people,” we have been providing quality life insurance for budget-conscious families and individuals nationwide.

    Today, as a financially separate affiliate of Gerber Products, we continue to share the same goal and tradition: being the name that people trust in caring for their families.

    Whether your goal is to set aside money for your child’s college education or to provide financial protection for your family, read on to figure out which is product is the right choice for you.

  4. How to Manage Your Child’s Food Allergies at School

    food-allergies-previewkid food allergies infographicIf your child has food allergies, you already know how closely the situation needs to be monitored. Ingredients must be constantly checked, cooking utensils must be meticulously cleaned, and menus must be scanned when dining out.

    Sending your child to school, where he or she will be under someone else’s supervision, understandably can be worrying. Will teachers be as mindful as you are? Will administrators be able to keep track of the different needs of all students?

    When the time to send your child to school arrives, you want to be as prepared as you can be, so consider these tips that we’ve compiled to help manage your child’s food allergies at school:

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    Categories: Health & Safety
  5. Which Everyday “Necessities” are More Expensive than Life Insurance?

    girl with grandparentsDid you know that the biggest misconception about life insurance is the price? Some people still believe that life insurance costs significantly more than it actually does.

    According to a recent study conducted by LIMRA, a worldwide association of insurance and financial service companies, and Life Happens, a non-profit organization based in Arlington, Va., 80 percent of consumers misjudge the cost for life insurance. The study also found that both Generation X and the Millennial generation overestimated the cost of life insurance by more than 110 percent.

    What’s the story?

    To protect your family through Gerber Life Insurance, for example, a $25,000 10-year term life insurance policy for a healthy 32-year-old costs $8.40 a month for a female and $9.00 a month for a male.

    To put that into perspective, here are some typical items that can cost more than a life insurance policy:

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