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.

  1. Grow-Up® Plan – A Powerful Head Start: Introducing the Tortoise

    cartoon tortoiseMost likely you’re familiar with the classic Aesop fable of “The Tortoise and the Hare.” As you’ll recall, the Tortoise defeats the Hare in a race through the forest, despite being the slower of the two competitors.

    Since that fateful day, it seems, the two have grown a bit older and have started families, but the Hare has not forgotten the embarrassment he suffered at the hands (claws?) of the Tortoise and has been seeking a way to make a comeback.

    Recently, we learned that when the Hare overheard that his old nemesis was thinking of purchasing life insurance to better protect his tortoiseurtle family (something that the Hare had neglected to do for his bunny family), he couldn’t resist the opportunity to challenge the Tortoise to race once again.

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  2. Making More Out of the Great Outdoors: Age-Old Games for Your Kids

    Three girls playing jump rope Children have access to far more technology than ever before, often spending hours glued to the screen of a computer, smart phone, tablet or other tech product. Although this recent phenomenon can be great when it comes to education, it is also causing children to spend far more time indoors than outdoors.

    Studies show that because today’s children spend less time outside, they are missing out on the valuable health benefits that come with taking a break from the Internet to play under the sun. It’s therefore important for parents to encourage their children to spend more time outdoors.

    One way to accomplish this is by sharing games with your child that you played as a child, as had generations before you. If age-old games are new to your child, that may make them even more fun.

    Here are some fun outdoor games from the past that current youngsters will enjoy:

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  3. Misconceptions About Motherhood (Feature Video)

    Mother's Day cardBeing a mom isn’t easy. Cooking, cleaning up and providing for your child take time, work, energy and dedication. Maybe you’re balancing a job (or jobs), too.

    As busy as you are, you sometimes may have had the impression that motherhood looks easy or easier for everyone else. Perhaps you know moms who always bake “perfect” birthday cupcakes, throw lavish parties for their child or sew beautiful, flawless costumes for school plays, all without seeming to break a sweat.

    Have an honest conversation with any mom, however, and she’ll tell you that perfection is a myth. Besides, having a “perfect” mom isn’t what children truly care about in the first place.

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  4. The Gerber Life Seasons of Life: Life Insurance for Every Stage & Age

    spring flowersAs we age, our insurance needs change. Because of this, life insurance policies exist for every stage of life, from infancy to adulthood to elderly. What stage is your family in? To help you decide, here’s a look at what Gerber Life Insurance provides:

    For children: Insurance that grows up with your child

    Whole life insurance can help your family guard against life’s worst-case scenario and protect your child as an adult, for up to a lifetime. The Gerber Life Grow-Up® Plan¹ offers protection and peace of mind in a single affordable package, including child-size premium rates that never increase during the life of the policy.

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  5. How to Effectively Handle Parent-Teacher Conferences

    Parent-teacher meetingThe reasons for a parent-teacher conference vary, but most frequently it’s so that a teacher can communicate to a parent how a child is performing in school, both academically and behaviorally. Because parents aren’t in class with their child, the parent-teacher conference is a valuable opportunity to meet the person who teaches your child and to get feedback on how you can help your child continue to develop strong learning habits.

    A child is almost certainly nervous about a meeting between his or her teacher and parents, and you may feel a few “butterflies” in your stomach as well. That’s natural, so there’s no need to worry.

    As a parent who wants to help your child succeed, you may be concerned that you may not ask all of the right questions or may not be able to benefit from the meeting. Whether or not that is the case for you, you may want to consider these tips for parent-teacher conferences:

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