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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. 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
  2. 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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  3. Household Hacks: How to Remove Stains Using Items You Already Own

    Mother & Daughter Look at Brothers Covered in DirtBuying new clothes might actually be an enjoyable process, if you didn’t already know what was on the horizon. As soon as your child wears those clothes, they may come back stained with grass or mustard or grease. The rate at which your child (and significant other) is able to stain clothing would be pretty impressive, if you could just figure out how to remove common stains from them.

    Of course, you want to get rid of stains so that those clothes can be worn again. However, stain-removal products can be expensive, and they don’t always work. If the added cost and extra work wasn’t bad enough, your child will be pretty disappointed if he or she can no longer wear a favorite shirt.

    Before getting to the actual removal process, you need to make sure the stain does not set. Immediately, treat the stain with water or another type of solvent, keep away from any source of heat, and gently work the solvent into the stain.

    Once you have prevented the stain from setting, there are a few inexpensive tricks you can then use. For ideas on how to remove common stains, try these tips:

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    Categories: Saving Money
  4. Parents & First-Year Students: What You Need to Know About Student Loans

    Father & Daughter Discuss Student LoansWhen it comes to paying for college, student loans may be a necessity for some families. But all student loans were not created equally. Before your child signs that promissory note, it’s important to understand the student loan commitment, as well as the various kinds of student loans available, and of course, how to apply.

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    Categories: College Planning
  5. Learning from Struggle: Tips for Encouraging Your Child

    Female Basketball Player Shooting HoopsYour child comes home and you can immediately sense that something is wrong. He or she missed an important shot in a basketball game, performed poorly on a test, or struggled to learn a new song in band practice. As a result, he or she may be reluctant to talk about what’s happened. As a parent, you can easily picture this scene, because you’ve lived it. If you’re a parent who hasn’t experienced it first-hand yet, you will.

    When something like this occurs, it’s important to pick your child up when he or she gets down. Although this seems like an easy thing to do, encouraging your child can actually be a bit more complicated than it seems. How honest should you be? Should you ignore talking about the event entirely? Would it be OK to help your child with the problem or should you let him or her figure it out alone?

    These are difficult questions to answer, especially when you’re dealing with a crestfallen child. If you have had trouble answering these questions in the past or think you might have them in the future, consider these tips:

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