The Gerber Life Parenting Blog

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  1. Tips for Teaching Children About Forgiveness

    mother comforts sonYou know the scenario: All is peaceful in your home. Suddenly your child, who had been playing in the yard with a friend, storms inside. “Hannah pushed me down!” she screams, as she begins to choke back tears.

    Although your child is angry now, and justifiably you learn, she will eventually need to forgive her friend. As a parent, you will want your child to forgive her friend because it’s the right thing to do and necessary for good health.

    Studies continue to show that forgiving is a healthy action.

    For example, a 2001 study conducted by Dr. Fred Luskin, co-founder of the Stanford University Forgiveness Project, found that forgiveness can lead to higher levels of compassion and self-confidence, as well as lower levels of stress and depression.

    Although science and wisdom through the millennia have told us that it’s good and important to be able to forgive, teaching children about forgiveness can sometimes be difficult. Consider encouraging your child to forgive others, through these tips:

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  2. When to Allow Your Child to Start Wearing Makeup

    Teenage girls putting on makeupAccording to a recent article by Lauren Smith in Glamour magazine, girls are wearing makeup at younger ages than ever before. The article cites a survey among 1,000 women in the UK conducted by, an online beauty products retailer, found that many girls start to wear some kind of makeup product when they are as young as 11 years old. This might be shocking to some people, but probably not to many parents.

    If you have a daughter who is about that age, she may have asked you if she can wear makeup. If she hasn’t, she soon may, which invites the question that many parents seek to answer:  At what age should girls wear makeup?

    For parents still deciding how to answer that question, here are a few considerations:

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  3. How Closely Should You Monitor Your Child’s Social Media Activity?

    Father and son with laptopSocial media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram have exploded in popularity during the past decade among all age groups. Although the growth doesn’t appear to be slowing anytime soon, the following might come as a surprise: Children are joining their first social media site at increasingly young ages.

    According to a recent study from Knowthenet, an online information hub and practical advice resource based in the UK, 59 percent of children have joined an online social network before age 10.

    It’s important for parents to be aware of how their children are interacting with social media, but exactly how closely should parents monitor social media sites that their children visit?

    Here are some tips for handling this delicate issue:

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    Categories: Health & Safety
  4. Recognizing Everyday Role Models

    woman firefighter smilingEvery day, there are members of our community who normally work behind the scenes to ensure that our neighborhoods and cities are safe and running smoothly. Often, these everyday role models go unrecognized for their hard work and dedication.

    And although we might not necessarily acknowledge their efforts as much as we should, our children certainly do. Many children admire community role models like nurses, teachers, police men and women, and firefighters so much, in fact, that they often pretend to be them, would like to grow up to be them or get very emotional in their presence, as one Cincinnati toddler did when he met his neighborhood heroes.

    So, instead of only recognizing these role models in official ceremonies or during parades, it might be a good idea to take a hint from our children and acknowledge them more frequently with a small thank you. After all, who doesn’t want to feel appreciated for the work that they do?

    If you aren’t entirely sure how to acknowledge these wonderful members of our communities, follow these three easy steps:

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  5. Which Members of Your Family Might Need Life Insurance?

    mom carries her daughterIn addition to your own life insurance policy, you may want to explore policies for your family. To evaluate whether or not your family could benefit from having insurance policies for individual family members, it’s important to consider what would happen if something happened to a family member.

    How much life insurance you need depends on such things as how many dependents you have, their ages, the length of time that you want to protect them, and the amount of money that you can afford to pay.