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. How to Make Restaurant Busy-Bags for Your Toddler

    Toddler sisters coloring in restaurantKeeping toddlers entertained at home can seem like a mission in itself, but how can you keep your little one occupied while trying to enjoy a meal out? It’s a luxury that doesn’t happen too often.

    Enter restaurant busy bags. They’re a great way to help keep your child quietly occupied, whether at a restaurant, or the waiting room of a doctor’s office, or elsewhere.

    A busy bag usually consists of simple, budget-friendly activities that parents can make in advance and keep ready-to-go at a moment’s notice.

    Want to make a busy bag? Here are some suggestions:

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    Categories: Parenting Tips
  2. 4 Potential Symptoms of Stress in Children

    stressed girl at schoolBelieve it or not, children can experience stress just as much as adults. Pressure to do well in school, to make new friends or maintain old friends, or just managing expectations of mentors and role models are all example sources of stress for kids.

    Some children may not be able to articulate the stress that they are feeling, however. The American Psychological Association (APA) recommends tuning into the following emotional or behavioral cues to recognize possible signs of stress.

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    Categories: Health & Safety
  3. How to Make Way for Life Insurance in Your Family Budget

    Dad calculating family budgetWhen creating a household budget, we all need to account for many kinds of expenses. According to the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), they include:

    • Housing
    • Food
    • Child care
    • Transportation
    • Health care
    • Taxes
    • Other necessities

    Another important item that should be on the list is life insurance. How to find the money to do so when creating a family budget?

  4. Money Lessons that Grow with Your Child

    teaching kids about moneyAs a parent, you want your child to grow up to become a financially savvy adult who knows how to be responsible with his or her money. Learning how to manage money is a critical life skill, and so it’s never too early to start teaching your child about finances.

    However, managing finances as an adult can be daunting, and introducing kids to financial management may seem even harder or more intimidating. Our Gerber Life “Age-by-Age Guide” is designed to help parents turn daily activities into opportunities for teaching kids about money. Ages shown are approximations, since each child develops and learns at different rates.

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    Categories: Saving Money
  5. A Parent’s Guide to After-School Jobs

    Teen girl working in coffee shopFor many teenagers, having a job is both a rite of passage and their first venture into the “real world.” What do parents need to know about after-school jobs for teens?

    The U.S. Department of Labor website, Youth Rules!, has a great many resources for teens who are either looking for a job or are currently employed.

    Does your teen want to get a job? Here are some guidelines:

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