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. Splurge or Squirrel Away: What’s Your Personal Money-Management Style?

    Personal Money Management QuizMost people know the importance of putting money aside for a rainy day or for future expenses yet have different ways of approaching financial responsibility.

    In managing your money, do you often have the urge to splurge or to feed your piggy bank, or to always look for ways to spend less and to squirrel away bucks for a goal?

    It’s time to pony up, not play ostrich. Take our quiz below for a look at your style of managing your personal finances:

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    Categories: Quizzes
  2. Healthy Summer Snacks for Kids and Adults

    Child enjoying a summer treatGo from breakfast to bedtime with healthy summer snacks. Here are some that are great for kids but “grown up” enough for adults:

    Maple Cinnamon Hummus: Sweeten up your hummus by serving maple cinnamon hummus. Enjoy it as a snack with cinnamon sugar pita chips, for lunch on whole-grain toast with thinly sliced apples or serve it for breakfast on top of warm toast, waffles or tortillas.

    Warm-Frozen Chocolate Bananas: Here’s a snack that both you and your kids can enjoy, and that has it all: fruit, chocolate, nuts. This healthy summer recipe, perfect for an afternoon playdate or a pre-workout snack, is easy to make. Dip warm, sautéed or frozen bananas in chocolate sauce and cover with your favorite healthy topping such as nuts, dried berries or raisins.

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    Categories: Health & Safety
  3. New-Parent Fears: Nipping Typical Worries in the Bud

    newborn babyIt’s natural for first-time parents to feel anxious: You’re new at this and haven’t had a chance to gain confidence in your abilities. You’re also not alone in feeling anxious, for many a parent was once in your shoes.

    Take a deep breath, relax and don’t worry, you’ll be fine. Here are some suggestions to help allay typical new parent fears:

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    Categories: Parenting Tips
  4. How to Help Make Sure That Your Family is Protected Financially

    Father and daughter under umbrellaThe terms “financial security” and “financial protection” can have different meanings for different people. Think about your own family’s situation. If the income of your household’s breadwinner unexpectedly were to cease, what would be the impact? Would there be enough money to cover your family’s basic expenses? What about additional expenses?

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  5. Six Financial Must-Do’s After You Say “I Do”

    Newlywed couple in carYou’ve tied the knot and committed to spending the rest of your life with another person, through sickness and in health. Now that the festivities have subsided, it’s time to start working on combining your life with your partner’s. There are a lot of things to consider, especially when combining finances.

    Here’s our six-step recommendation for newlyweds:

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    Categories: Saving Money
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