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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. Teaching Your Child to Learn the Difference Between Verbal Bullying and Constructive Criticism

    Child bullied by a group There’s an old rhyme that children learned to use if they were called a name while they were growing up. You may know it already. It goes like this: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.

    The rhyme of course means that since words can’t hurt you physically, they should be easily ignored. That may be wonderful in theory, but in reality it can be difficult to disregard a hurtful comment. If this is true for you as an adult, it’s even more true for your child, who may have to deal with verbal bullying far more often, while having less experience than an adult in how to handle it.

    Although verbal abuse tends to be discussed less than cyber bullying or physical bullying, it may be an even greater problem. According to the website, that’s because physical bullying starts in elementary school, peaks in middle school and declines in high school, but verbal bullying can remain constant from elementary school onward.

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    Categories: Health & Safety
  2. How e-Books Can Save You Money

    Two teenagers look at a tabletNew books aren’t cheap, and costs can quickly pile up if your child is an insatiable reader. Luckily, there are ways to provide your child with books that won’t break the bank.

    Of course, your local library is an excellent resource for free books. Sometimes though, the library isn’t always the best option. Exuberant children can damage books, return deadlines can be forgotten, and busy schedules can make getting to the library a challenge.

    If that is the case for your family, you’ll need to find another way to save money on books. With the rise of digital technology, e-books have increasingly become a cheaper alternative to new books. If you hadn’t considered e-books yet, here are a few reasons why you might want to: 

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    Categories: Saving Money
  3. Understanding the Fine Print: What to Keep an Eye Out for in Your Life Insurance Contract

    Life Insurance ApplicationLife insurance contracts are often long and full of fine print. This fine print is there not only to protect the life insurance company, but also the policyholder and the beneficiary. Depending on the type of life insurance policy, there may be many different clauses and pages of fine print to read. However, it’s extremely important to understand the clauses that might appear in your life insurance policy. That way, you and your beneficiaries can be prepared when the time comes to renew, or use, your life insurance policy.

    The following are the most common clauses that make up the “fine print” in a life insurance contract.

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  4. Quiz: How Resourceful Are You?

    Woman with pitchfork next to large pile of laundrySometimes problems pop up that don’t have clear solutions. Maybe you need to peel a large amount of garlic, but don’t have the 30 minutes it will take. Or maybe you need to clear up your car’s hazy headlights, but can’t afford the expensive cleaner.

    When these issues arise, are you able to use your resources to find a solution? Take our creative problem-solving quiz to find out how resourceful you are:

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    Categories: Parenting Tips
  5. 5 Children’s Movies You Never Knew Were Books

    Illustration of a Family at the MoviesIf you’ve ever seen a movie that was based on a book, you’ve probably said, “The book was better” at least once. Why? Maybe you visualized the main character to look or act a certain way, and the actor portraying him or her just didn’t stack up. Or perhaps the movie took some liberties with certain chapters of the book that you may have loved as they were originally written.

    On the other hand, there may have been movies you’ve seen that you didn’t even know were books. Don’t believe us?

    Here are five children’s movies that are also books:

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