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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 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.

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 and health and safety.

  1. Back-to-School Items You Shouldn’t Need to Buy New

    July 30, 2015

    School supplies in backpackAs your son or daughter prepares for a new school year, you review the list of items needed. List in hand, you and your child head to the store to buy the back-to-school supplies, aware that the cost can add up quickly.

    To avoid excessive expense, it’s important to decide which items to buy and which can be reused. Here are some back-to-school supplies that you shouldn’t need to buy each year:

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    Categories: Saving Money
  2. Quiz: Which ‘Senior Superlative’ Should You have been Named in 12th Grade?

    July 29, 2015

    senior superlative quizToward the end of the senior year of high school, classmates traditionally vote on which members of their class are worthy of being the most likely to succeed, or are the most athletic, or the funniest, or another superlative. More frequently than not, only a limited number of students end up being recognized superlatively – for better or worse.

    Whether or not you received this kind of senior-year tribute, take our fun “senior superlatives” quiz to find out which one you really might have deserved:

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    Categories: Quizzes
  3. Dorm Packing List for Freshman Year of College

    July 28, 2015

    Young woman moving into dormAs your child prepares to leave home for his or her first year away at college, you may be enlisted to help pack since your child may be unsure of the specifics of what to take.

    Before you begin packing, however, you may want your child to coordinate with his or her future roommate so that they avoid having duplicates of large items that could be shared, such as a television set, microwave oven, or small refrigerator.

    Now you can get down to packing the essentials. To help you and your child avoid overlooking anything, you may find it helpful to refer to this dorm packing list, to which you can add or delete any items to match your needs.

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    Categories: College Planning
  4. Generational Differences in Use of Social Media

    July 23, 2015

    Millennial social media post exampleSocial media has been changing how many people communicate, including the way that different generations communicate online. Although members of a family might speak a shared language, they‘re likely to speak differently online – so differently that three identical posts by three family members of different ages could appear to say three different things.

    For instance, maybe a teenager has chuckled when grandpa posted something on the teenager’s wall that he meant to post on his own wall. Or maybe an older relative has struggled to decipher the emoji use of a young niece or why she uses “100” so much.

    Could this portend a rising demand for skilled multilingual translators of generational speech? Or higher salaries for the savvy who can fluently communicate both grammatically and in ungrammatical social media-ese? Or a return to The Stone Age, where tonal grunts worked just fine? Or simply today’s version of yesterday’s “slang”?

    Here are some fanciful general perceptions:

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    Categories: Parenting Tips
  5. Strategies for Choosing the Right College

    July 22, 2015

    young woman in dorm roomIf you and your child are in the process of researching and selecting colleges, you know that it can be a long process. One of the things that can contribute to the length of the task is that you’ll want to find a happy medium between a college that your child wants to attend and one that is financially feasible for you.

    The rising cost of college makes the search all the more difficult. As the cost continues to rise, more and more students are becoming saddled with an excessive amount of debt.

    Two excellent solutions to the dilemma are public state universities and two-year community colleges, both of which you’ll want to consider when choosing the right college for your child. Here’s why:

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    Categories: College Planning