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. Family Safety Tips for the 4th of July

    Fireworks Injuries on the 4th of JulyFireworks Injuries InfographicEvery 4th of July, Americans across the country observe our nation’s independence, celebrating with water activities and barbeques with family and friends. At nightfall, we “ooh” and “aah” as a municipal fireworks display explodes high over our heads.

    Although the 4th of July can be one of the most fun holidays, it can also be one of the most dangerous. During the weeks immediately before and after Independence Day, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, 240 people with injuries from fireworks alone go each day to a medical emergency room.

    This 4th of July, be sure that you and your family take precautions when celebrating. Here are a few 4th of July safety tips to keep in mind, including some from the American Red Cross:

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    Categories: Health & Safety
  2. It’s Easy to Manage Your Life Insurance Policy Online

    Woman using laptopThese days, people can do almost any transaction from a computer or hand-held device, but did you know that you also can manage your life insurance policy online? It’s true!

    Gerber Life eService allows policyholders to update and manage their policy information online, in the comfort of their own home.

    Here’s how:

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  3. ‘Is the Tooth Fairy Real?’: Deciding whether or not to introduce your child to fictional characters

    Drawing of a tooth fairyEarly in your child’s life, you may face a question that some parents ask themselves and feel a need to answer: Should you introduce fictional characters, such as the Tooth Fairy, to your youngsters? Or, as your child might say, “Is the Tooth Fairy real?”

    There’s of course no clear-cut answer, but there are two basic views concerning what has transitioned during recent decades into a dilemma for some parents:

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    Categories: Parenting Tips
  4. Is Life Insurance Through Your Employer Enough Insurance?

    Woman using laptop at workPerhaps you have life insurance through work. Whether or not you do, you – like many other people – may have questions, such as: What are the benefits of employer-provided life insurance? Should I purchase personal coverage in addition to employer-provided life insurance? How should I calculate how much life insurance I need?

    Here are some answers to help you determine what’s best for you, as part of our ongoing series of blogs that respond to frequently asked questions about life insurance.

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  5. “Pre-paid” College: Is it Worth the Investment?

    College Students Chatting in Hallway“Pre-paid” college usually takes the form of pre-paid 529 plans, which are tax-advantaged plans that enable families to lock-in the cost of college at the time that they purchase the plan. Considering that every year the cost of college rises about 2 percent to 3 percent, pre-paid college can be a worthwhile option to consider.

    Disadvantages to traditional pre-paid college plans include a lack of flexibility in the way the money can be used.

    Most 529 prepaid college plans are administered by individual states, and they differ somewhat from state-to-state. Although you can often transfer pre-paid tuition credits from state-to-state, fees do apply, and can add up. For this reason, the biggest saving is when your child attends college in the state where the plan was purchased and administered.