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, 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. Accepting Different Parenting Styles

    Family reading book togetherAs a parent, you have your own standards and rules that you expect your children to follow. What happens when your mother or one of your mother’s friends, or the parents of your child’s friends, or a relative, or a school teacher disagree with your parenting style? What happens if your spouse disagrees with your parenting style?

    Here are some ways for handling such scenarios with grace and for maintaining your standards while being respectful of different parenting styles:

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    Categories: Parenting Tips
  2. How to Save Money on Your Child’s Extracurricular Activities

    Mother with daughter and sonParents tend to want their children to be well-rounded both scholastically and with extracurricular activities, from sports to the arts to community service, in order for each child to grow as a person and best contribute to society.

    When a child begins participating in extracurricular activities, however, parents quickly realize something else: Activities can become expensive. Sports equipment, music lessons, art supplies, dance attire, and club or team costumes and trips don’t come cheap.

    If you’re concerned about your child’s extracurricular activities putting a dent in your budget, consider these tips:

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    Categories: Saving Money
  3. 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
  4. 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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  5. 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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