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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. Food Fight: School Officials Push Back on Congress’ Healthy Lunch Requirements

    Boy Eating a Healthy School LunchSchools play a vital role in the health of young children. For example, more than 31 million children in the U.S. participate in the National School Lunch Program, according to research by the Pew organization. Now, some public school officials find themselves struggling to find a balance between serving meals that meet the health requirements of Congress and the United States Department of Agriculture and finding food that children will eat. Since making the switch to healthier meals, some school officials have even reported that they’ve seen more food being thrown into the trash than being consumed.

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    Categories: Health & Safety
  2. Is it Safe to Take Your Baby to the Beach?

    Baby Wearing Sun-Protective ClothingBabies are often more susceptible than adults to short- and long-term damage from ultraviolet (UV) rays, due to the delicateness of their skin. However, that doesn’t mean your family has to ban the beach altogether. In fact, there are benefits to taking babies who are at least a few months old to the beach. The texture of the sand, the sound of the waves, and salty ocean air all provide rich sensory experiences that aid in your baby’s development.

    Instead of ruling out the beach for your baby this summer, follow these tips for safe fun in the sun:

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    Categories: Health & Safety
  3. Tips to Help Kids Hunker Down on Homework

    Brother Helping Sister With HomeworkBack to school means back to homework. It’s good for parents to have an action plan to keep their kids focused on after-school assignments. Even the most diligent student sometimes needs a little help.

    Here are some homework tips for keeping your youngsters on task:

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    Categories: Parenting Tips
  4. Looking for Healthy School Lunch Ideas? Start with Apples!

    Student Eating Healthy SnackGiving one’s teacher a polished red apple on the first day of school is a charming custom that dates back to previous centuries when families who were living on the frontier were often called upon to house and feed teachers. An apple was just one way to show appreciation for the dedicated teachers who taught multiple grades in one-room schoolhouses. You can create your own back-to-school tradition by including apples as part of a healthy school lunch.

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    Categories: Health & Safety
  5. Does Your Child Need Tutoring? Learn How to Save Money on Tutoring Costs

    Woman Tutoring ChildIf your child needs a tutor to keep up with class work but your budget is tight, how will you afford the help that your child needs? Is hiring a tutor worth the money?

    Because tutoring costs can add up fast, parents may want assurance that the tutoring will help their child. Many educators note that the individualized attention offered by tutors can indeed help students to better understand subject areas and improve grades. Selecting the appropriate tutoring service or individual tutor can be the key to success.

    Before searching for a professional tutor, parents should ask if their children qualify for free tutoring services under the Federal No Child Left Behind law. The information should be available from your child’s school or school district, or your state’s Department of Education.

    If you need to hire a tutor, here are some ways to help defray tutoring costs:

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    Categories: Saving Money