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. Teach Your Child to Spell & Pronounce His or Her Name

    Babies wearing nametagsAs soon as your child learns to speak, you’ll want to help him learn to pronounce and spell his or her name. Start with his or her first name and then, once he or she has got that down, you can move on to his middle and last name. Following are some fun activities and tips you can use to teach him his name:

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    Categories: Parenting Tips
  2. Is Preschool Right for Your Child?

    Preschool student smilesIf you’ve started thinking about preschool for your child, you’ve probably found yourself wondering: When did this process get so complicated? With preschool waiting lists and 13-page applications not entirely out of the ordinary, finding the right preschool is no longer a straightforward decision. Believe it or not, there are even preschool admissions coaches now!

    However, before you hire a consultant for your two-year-old, you probably have another question when it comes to this early step in your child’s education. It’s a question that a lot of parents are likely to consider but might be embarrassed to ask. While it is often phrased in several ways, it usually boils down to something like this: Is preschool necessary?

    As it turns out, that question is more complicated than it first appears. Here are some things you’ll likely want to consider when it comes time to answer that question:

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  3. How Grandparents and Grandkids Benefit from Time with Each Other

    Grandchild coloring a picture with her grandparentsParents treasure and love spending time with their grandkids. It often brings them back to the time when you were a child, and to fond memories they created with you. However, did you know that spending time with grandchildren might also benefit your parents’ health?

    A study conducted by the Women’s Health Aging Project in Australia found that post-menopausal women who spend time taking care of grandkids lower their risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and other cognitive disorders. The study, published in the October 2014 edition of Menopause, the journal of the North American Menopause Society, assessed the cognition of 186 women. Based on a series of tests, the study reported that the highest cognitive scores were seen in participants who looked after their grandchildren for one day per week.

    In turn, grandchildren can help their grandparents in a number of other remarkable ways. We’ve put together our own list of how grandkids may help to improve the lives of their grandparents – and vice versa:

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    Categories: Health & Safety
  4. Finding Paid Internships to Prep Young Adults for Their Dream Job

    Female business intern in meetingIt can be hard for a young adult to land a job in a chosen field without having had relevant work experience. One of the best ways to build a résumé and work skills is through internships. How to be sure that an internship will assist one’s career? A National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) survey found that 65 percent of college grads working in paid internships were likely to receive a full-time job offer.

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    Categories: Saving Money
  5. Ways to Cut Everyday Costs

    Money going down a drainIf a treasure chest full of money were hidden in your home, would you look for it? Undoubtedly. Well, here’s some good news: There is a treasure chest! Sort of. It may not be a physical treasure chest, but there are probably costs that could be cut from your monthly spending. For example, you might be holding onto an old way of doing things that’s costing you more money since it’s easy and comfortable, or maybe you simply weren’t aware of any alternatives. Here are some ways to cut costs in monthly spending from telecom and other areas:

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    Categories: Saving Money