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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. Looking for Healthy School Lunch Ideas? Start with Apples!

    Student Eating Healthy SnackGiving one’s teacher a polished red apple on the first day of school is a charming custom that dates back to previous centuries when families who were living on the frontier were often called upon to house and feed teachers. An apple was just one way to show appreciation for the dedicated teachers who taught multiple grades in one-room schoolhouses. You can create your own back-to-school tradition by including apples as part of a healthy school lunch.

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    Categories: Health & Safety
  2. Does Your Child Need Tutoring? Learn How to Save Money on Tutoring Costs

    Woman Tutoring ChildIf your child needs a tutor to keep up with class work but your budget is tight, how will you afford the help that your child needs? Is hiring a tutor worth the money?

    Because tutoring costs can add up fast, parents may want assurance that the tutoring will help their child. Many educators note that the individualized attention offered by tutors can indeed help students to better understand subject areas and improve grades. Selecting the appropriate tutoring service or individual tutor can be the key to success.

    Before searching for a professional tutor, parents should ask if their children qualify for free tutoring services under the Federal No Child Left Behind law. The information should be available from your child’s school or school district, or your state’s Department of Education.

    If you need to hire a tutor, here are some ways to help defray tutoring costs:

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    Categories: Saving Money
  3. Get Ready for Back to School with These Tips for Parents (Plus a Fun Quiz!)

    Students in ClassroomBack to school is a yearly rite of passage. Although the journey doesn’t come with a roadmap, it should come with a few warning signs. “Hectic Days Ahead!” would certainly work. So would a “Yield” sign or two in the kitchen for the morning rush.

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    Categories: Parenting Tips
  4. Six Ways That Parenting Skills Can Help You Find the Right Job

    Mom Multi-tasking at Home

    As a parent, you’ve played the role of teacher, negotiator, chef, manager, activities director, fashion consultant, and chauffeur to your children. For example: If your child has a screaming fit at the grocery store over not getting the candy desired, you negotiate with your child to avoid a public display; if your child wants to wear a tutu and cowboy hat to kindergarten, you help your child to select clothing that will be more functional for the day ahead.

    The variety of roles that you play help to make you the great parent that you are, but they also can help to make you valuable to employers. So if you’re a stay-at-home mom or dad looking to enter or re-enter in the workforce soon, don’t fret. You may have more going for you than you realize.

    Here are six typical traits that parents acquire, and that you can leverage in your job search: 

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  5. Outdoor Games for Kids

    Dad & Son Playing Hide-and-SeekTeaching children that exercise can be fun.

    Get your children to put away the X-Box controller, leave the cell phone behind, and spend more time on healthy outdoor activity. You don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on expensive swing sets and jungle gyms. With a little creativity, there are plenty of outdoor games that your child can play and – best of all – won’t cost you a penny.

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    Categories: Living Green