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. What to Consider When Preparing Your Will

    Advisor helps woman write WillMany people realize that having a written Will is important, since it explains how you want your money and personal possessions to be distributed after your death. Unfortunately, many people also keep postponing drafting a Will because they are unsure of how to proceed or decide on certain aspects, or because they want to attend to issues that they believe to be more pressing.

    Surprisingly, reports the legal resource center LexisNexis, about 55 percent of adults in the United States don’t have a Will.

    If that statistic includes you, then consider drafting a Will sooner rather than later. Here’s why: Without a Will, distribution of your money and personal possessions is left up to the state, which can lead to conflict within your family – or even cause assets to go to the state.

    To avoid such issues, here are some basic tips for preparing a Will:

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  2. 5 Steps to Accomplishing a Personal Goal After Becoming a Parent

    Graduating mother with husband and sonWhen someone becomes a parent, it’s not uncommon for other things to be put on hold. Plans to pursue a college degree, learn a new language, or play a musical instrument take a back seat to caring for the child.

    Nevertheless, as many parents already have demonstrated, it is indeed possible to pursue and realize a personal goal while raising a child. If you’re thinking of doing likewise, consider these tips for how to achieve goals after becoming a parent:

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    Categories: Parenting Tips
  3. White House Website Teaches Kids About Money

    White House exteriorTeaching children about healthy financial practices can be a challenge. Although there are good ways to give children an incentive to save money, it can be much harder to explain the value of saving.

    Among the resources available to help parents with this task is “Money As You Grow,” a website created by the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability and launched by the White House in May 2012.

    The “Money As You Grow” website helps parents to teach financial literacy to their children. Written in easy-to-understand language, it seeks to remove some of the complications and unease that often surround money issues. The website has segments for five separate children’s age ranges: 3-5 years, 6-10 years, 11-13 years, 14-18 years and 18-plus years.

    Here are some of the money tips for kids and lessons that the “Money As You Grow” website offers:

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    Categories: Saving Money
  4. Preparing Children for the Future Without ‘Helicopter Parenting’ or Holding Them Back

    Father helping son to ride bikeThe term “helicopter parent” originally appeared in a book by Dr. Haim Ginott, Between Parent and Teenager (Macmillan Co,1969). Although the term might be older than you perhaps thought, it has the same meaning today as it did then: a parent who is overprotective or too involved in the life of his or her child.

    The website notes that helicopter parenting can have negative consequences for children, including decreased confidence, undeveloped coping and life skills, and increased anxiety. Therefore, it’s important for parents to avoid being overprotective of their children.

    Here are a few ways to help prepare your child for the future without helicopter-parenting:

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    Categories: Parenting Tips
  5. A Quick Guide to the Gerber Life Insurance Policies

    Gerber Life Insurance product benefitsGerber Life Insurance product benefitsGerber Life offers a range of insurance policies that were designed to fit the different needs of different people – from young families to grandparents. Ever since our founding in 1967 by Gerber Products Company, “the baby food people,” we have been providing quality life insurance for budget-conscious families and individuals nationwide.

    Today, as a financially separate affiliate of Gerber Products, we continue to share the same goal and tradition: being the name that people trust in caring for their families.

    Whether your goal is to set aside money for your child’s college education or to provide financial protection for your family, read on to figure out which is product is the right choice for you.

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