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. Stanger Danger 101: What to Teach Your Child and How

    Girl on monkey barsIt’s important to teach skills to children for handling potentially dangerous situations. One common parenting rule is telling your child never to talk to strangers. This might seem like a correct thing to teach, but you may not be equipping your child with enough information to handle some circumstances, and you might be instilling more fear than necessary.

    What are some instances when your child might have to talk to a stranger? Teaching kids about “stranger danger” goes beyond cautioning never to speak to a stranger. It helps to teach kids that they don’t need to worry about strangers; they just need to know what to do.

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    Categories: Health & Safety
  2. Dispelling the Confusion About Grow-Up® Life Insurance – Part 5, Cash Value

    Meet Stuffin’ – Gerber Life Halloween StorybookFifth in a series of five blog posts

    Meet Stuffin’ the Scarecrow. When he isn’t in the field warding off troublesome birds, you might find him with his nose in a book. An avid reader who loves stories, he finds that books allow him to experience adventures within the safe confines of the farm, worry-free. Some scare-makers would call Stuffin’ a “nervous Nelly” who worries about anything and everything, a trait inherited from his parents. There was one thing that chilled Stuffin’s mom to the straw: Fear that if an emergency arose and she needed ready cash, the money she had paid into Stuffin’s life insurance policy wouldn’t be accessible.

    Can I borrow against my policy’s cash value?

  3. Dispelling the Confusion About Grow-Up® Life Insurance – Part 4, Insurance for Kids

    Meet Spooky – Gerber Life Halloween StorybookFourth in a series of five blog posts

    Meet Spooky the Ghost, who is passionate about the art of scaring. When not up to his usual high jinks of terrifying the neighborhood cats, you might find him creating tutorials to share the latest haunting tactics and techniques. Spooky’s parents knew how important it was to have life insurance protection, but because Spooky was just a kid, they thought that he didn’t need a life insurance policy of his own.

    Do children really need life insurance?

  4. DIY Haunted House Décor (without a Frightful Price)

    Jack-o‘-lanternIf you went trick-or-treating as a child or do so today, you’ll likely remember the exterior decorations of a house that stands out above the rest. Hauntingly memorable Halloween décor puts it on the trick-or-treat map of all of the neighborhood kids, who, each year, can’t wait to see how the house will be decorated this year. In some towns, a benevolent resident with deep pockets may even go a giant step further, putting on a spectacular Halloween sound-and-light show at a frightful cost, attracting visitors from miles around.

    If you’re thinking of turning your own house’s exterior into one that out-spooks the rest, but at a ghost-friendly cost, try these three fun and easy do-it-yourself haunted house recipes that mainly call for typical household ingredients:

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    Categories: Saving Money
  5. Three Steps for Finding Suitable Child Daycare

    Teacher coloring with studentsAfter the birth of a child, parents sometimes struggle with going back to work and the need to find child daycare, regardless of how many other children they have or how old the children are. For first-time parents, finding and accepting the need for child daycare can seem daunting.

    Knowing that your child is being well taken care of in daycare can help to make the transition easier. Need help finding child care? We’ve broken down the process into the following three steps:

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