The Gerber Life Parenting Blog

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  1. Do You Need Accident Protection Insurance?

    Ambulance lightsAccidents by their very nature are unexpected and unintentional. When incidents result in injury or worse, the costs associated can often exceed a family’s income. That’s why it’s so important to have some kind of protection in case the unexpected should occur. Accident protection insurance can provide a financial safety net against accidental death or a disabling injury, helping you and your loved ones to pay for out-of-pocket medical expenses, lost wages, and other costs.

    Do you need accident protection insurance? What’s the difference between accident protection insurance and life insurance? Here are some considerations:

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  2. Minding Your P’s and Q’s: An Age-by-Age Guide to Teaching Manners to Children

    Young girl drinking teaPhrases such as “Don’t put your elbows on the table,” “Chew with your mouth closed,” and “Please say ‘Excuse Me’ if Mommy is talking to someone and you need her attention,” are probably all too familiar to children and parents. When trying to instill good manners in their children, parents may often feel like a broken record and that they’re not getting through to their kids.

    It’s important to remember that polite behavior, like many other behaviors, is not something that your children are born knowing but rather something that they are taught, and that they learn during successive stages of development

    Here are some age-appropriate guidelines for teaching manners to children:

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  3. 5 Thanksgiving Day Activities for Families

    Grandfather and grandson playing footballHaving all of your loved ones together on Thanksgiving Day can be wonderful. It can also be stressful, especially if you are trying to find ways to entertain your guests while preparing a delicious feast for everyone to enjoy.

    If you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year, you may want to be armed with activities for family fun, particularly if young ones will be present. Here are some tried and true activities that can keep the kids busy either before or after the meal, or both:

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  4. Ideas for Starting a Family Tradition

    Family cooking togetherFor many people, the holiday season is steeped in family traditions that bring loved ones together. Whether using Grandma’s gravy recipe or inherited table settings, or making a pumpkin or apple pie from scratch, or watching football or going for a walk after the big meal, family traditions can run the gamut.

    For children, traditions can provide a feeling of stability and consistency – something to look forward to. Traditions can also build a sense of family-history pride in a child, or present an opportunity to create memories that can last a lifetime.

    Traditions, however, don’t necessarily have to be passed down from generation to generation. You can start one around any activity or event that’s important to your family, whether holiday-related or unique to your family.

    Here are some ideas for starting family traditions:

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  5. Quiz: Which Volunteering Option Matches your Family’s Lifestyle?

    family volunteer opportunities quizVolunteering as a family can be a great way to spend time with your loved ones while teaching children to think larger than themselves and instilling values such as kindness and compassion.

    To motivate your family and build excitement about volunteering, it’s important to align the volunteering opportunity with the interests of your family members. This also can help children to look forward to the opportunity, rather than viewing it as a chore.

    Ready to find some family volunteer opportunities? First, take our quiz to find an option that meet’s your family’s lifestyle:

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    Categories: General Interest