The Gerber Life Parenting Blog

What parents want to know

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 Expectant Parents Need to Know about Life Insurance

    pregnant woman and man readingAdults usually begin thinking about life insurance once they’re ready to raise a family or after their first child is born, since they want to provide security for their families.

    Here are four typical questions that expectant mothers and fathers frequently ask about life insurance while pregnant:

  2. How to Deal with Parental Burnout

    cartoon mom multi-taskingParental burnout is very real, although the fatigue that often comes with being a parent is not something that people tend to talk about.

    When your entire world revolves around your children, it can be hard to admit that you’re burned out. When you spread yourself too thin, you’re not the only one who is affected. Your children will most certainly feel the effects as well.

    Burnout in other occupations is common and may be associated with feeling a lack of control, appreciation or compensation, or a heavy workload or stress. Parental burnout is no different. Although other jobs may offer rewards and incentives such as bonuses or promotions for employees who do a good job, parenting is expected to be its own reward.

    Here are five ways to help guard against parental burnout:

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  3. Lowering the Cost of a Life Insurance Policy

    Young family buying healthy groceriesIs life insurance too expensive? Some people who don’t have life insurance think so.

    However, according to a recent study conducted by Life Happens, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping consumers make smart insurance decisions, and LIMRA, a worldwide association of insurance and financial service companies, that is actually a misconception.

    Although there are life insurance policies considered “affordable” for most people’s budgets in the United States, the study found that 80 percent of respondents misjudged the price, with millennials overestimating the cost by 213 percent and Gen Xers by 119 percent.

    Because September is Life Insurance Awareness month, we want to help clear up some of the misconceptions about life insurance as well as help you to save you money on your life insurance policy.

  4. Helping Your Child to Cope with Divorce

    Boy with teddy bear and parents fightingAccording to The New York Times, the divorce rate in America has been declining for a few decades. Nevertheless, there are still many children who have to cope with having their parents separate, so it’s important for parents to help their kids manage this difficult situation – although this often is easier said than in practice.

    Most separating or divorcing parents may have never gone through the process before, and therefore may be unsure of what to do when helpings kids cope with divorce. Here are some ways:

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  5. How America Pays for College in 2015

    How America pays for college infographicHow America pays for collegeIn July, financial services company Sallie Mae and the global independent market research company Ipsos released the eighth annual “How America Pays for College” study. The report focuses on how much money parents and students spend for a college education, where they obtain the funds to pay for the expenses associated with college, and their thoughts about the cost and value of higher education.

    Perhaps the most surprising finding is that parental income and savings surpassed scholarships and grants for the first time in five years, and is the number one source of paying for college.

    For more insights from the How America Pays for College study, check out our accompanying infographic:

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    Categories: College Planning