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. Five ‘Feel Good’ Ways for Giving

    The holidays are a time for giving. They also present an opportunity for parents to teach their children an invaluable lesson: generosity. What is the best way to raise a charitable child? Set an example. As the holidays draw near, consider volunteering as a family to show your children that the best gifts don’t come in boxes. They come in the form of a smile on someone else’s face – and knowing that you put it there.

    Here are five ways for giving back this holiday season:

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    Categories: Living Green
  2. Motivating Kids to Help With Chores

    Dad & Father Doing ChoresStudies show that nearly two-thirds of the children in the U.S. won’t help with housework unless their parents specifically ask them to, and that half of the parents spend more time arguing with their kids about chores than the kids spend doing the chores. If you’re tired of nagging your children to clean their room or put away the dishes, try these tips to get your kids onboard with chores.

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    Categories: Parenting Tips
  3. How Much Life Insurance Should You Have?

    Dad with FamilyJust as no two people are alike, life insurance has no one-size-fits-all formula for the amount of coverage one should have. The type of life insurance and amount of coverage you should choose are based on such factors as your income, number of dependents, any existing coverage that you may have, and future anticipated expenses that your family may incur, such as college tuition or home mortgage amount. It’s therefore important to carefully select a life insurance policy and coverage amount to help ensure that you have adequate coverage should something happen to you.




    Here are some considerations for choosing your coverage:

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  4. Homemade Holiday Gifts

    Cookie Recipe JarsThe holidays are a time for giving. Generosity, however, may leave you with an empty wallet as well as a full heart. According to the American Research Group, Inc., the average person spent $801 on holiday shopping in 2013. What’s a good way to keep the spirit of the season when on a tight budget?

    Consider making a homemade holiday gift that can be perfect for next-door neighbors, children’s teachers, or your fourth cousin twice-removed. Here are some low-cost gift ideas:

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    Categories: Saving Money
  5. How to Be a Financial Role Model for Your Child

    Mother saving money with childNo matter what your financial situation, talking about money can sometimes seem uncomfortable, but it’s important to teach your children financial literacy – and to teach it to them again and again. The best way to teach is by example, so that your children can gain valuable, lifelong lessons.

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    Categories: Saving Money