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. Life After Debt: Tips for Helping You to Become Debt Free

    young woman cutting credit cardBorrowing money on various occasions is a normal part of life for many people in the United States. When unexpected situations arise, or during financially tight times, we often turn to our credit cards. Unfortunately, debt can quickly grow if we do not closely monitor the charges and do not pay our credit card bills in full and on time each month.

     

    The average household in the U.S. has a credit card debt of $15,480, according to the personal finance website NerdWallet. The average mortgage debt stands at $156,474, and student loans account for an additional $33,424. Many families face a debt so large that they think they’ll never be able to pay it back in full.

     

    Many ways are available to help people manage their finances and pay back debt. This might require making some hard decisions, but eventually those decisions can pay off – literally.

     

    Here are some tips to help address debt and move toward financial freedom:

     

  2. Six Gifts That Won’t Clutter a Home

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    Winter is approaching and with it comes the season of gift giving. That doesn’t mean you have to give friends and loved ones more “stuff,” however. In fact, giving less “stuff” can mean more to the people on your gift list. Here are some affordable gift ideas for all ages, and which keep on giving and won’t cause clutter:

  3. Clever Tricks & Tips for Parents

     

    clever tricks and tips for parentsBelow are 8 simple tricks, tips and shortcuts (also sometimes known as “life hacks”) that can help make your life as a parent more productive, efficient and easier, and can help save time, money or stress.

     

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  4. Help Your Family to Guard Against Alzheimer’s

    As a parent, it’s important to encourage healthy brain development in your child from infancy onward, and to take steps to keep your own brain and body sharp. Part of the benefit is that doing so can help guard against Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementia.

    November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. More than five million people in the United States have Alzheimer’s or another of the great many kinds of dementia, and two-thirds of them are women.

    According to the Alzheimer’s Association, a woman’s “estimated lifetime risk of developing Alzheimer’s at age 65 is 1 in 6, compared with nearly 1 in 11 for a man. It’s as real a concern as breast cancer is to women’s health, the association notes, point out that women in their 60s are about twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s during the rest of their lives as they are to develop breast cancer.”

    Although we often associate the risk of getting Alzheimer’s with getting older, maintaining a healthy brain should be a lifelong pursuit. By instilling the need for and making good choices, we not only support our own brain growth but also instill in our children some habits that can last a lifetime.

    Here are some brain-boosting activities for you and your child that you can start doing today:

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  5. I’m Pregnant! Tips for Preparing for a New Baby

    When a woman discovers she is going to be a mother, excitement, joy and curiosity are just a few of the many emotions she might feel. Among the many questions she will wonder about, a few of her primary concerns are proper nutrition, how to prepare for a newborn, and medical next steps.

    Below you will find a few tips to help answer some of these important questions so that she might feel peaceful and prepared during her 40-week journey to motherhood.

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