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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 Teach Your Child to Celebrate the Success of Others

    Little brother congratulating big sister on graduationAs a parent, you probably do your best to recognize and celebrate your child’s hard work and accomplishments. Rewarding your child for a job well done is normal and helps to instill a strong work ethic in them early in life.

    Another lesson that you should teach your child is learning how to celebrate the success of others. For many young children, it’s a difficult concept to grasp, but celebrating others is an important life lesson to learn.

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  2. There’s No Moment Too Small: Celebrate the Little Things

    Children celebrating with confettiMost people will celebrate the big moments in life. Events such as birthdays, weddings, holidays and graduations are momentous occasions and are rightfully celebrated. But, who says that celebrations should only be limited to these milestones?

    There are opportunities to celebrate the wonderful little things in life, all the time. Sometimes the big things wouldn’t have happened without the accumulation of smaller events along the way. For example, you may have reason to celebrate your child’s high school graduation because throughout their academic career they received good grades on school assignments and report cards.

    Taking time to celebrate the little things is also an opportunity to create lasting memories with your loved ones. Years into the future, you and your family may not remember the exact reasons for all your small celebrations, but you will likely remember the joy of the festivities.

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  3. 10 Lessons Learned from the Family Dog

    Happy family with dogA dog is often referred to as “man’s best friend,” and with good reason. Animal lovers, and dog lovers in particular, are quick to sing the praises of their four-legged friends.

    In addition to the expected lessons, such as teaching responsibility to children, a lot can be learned from our canine companions (not to say that the following could not be learned from or applied to other furry or feathered friends, too).

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  4. Quiz: Which Type of Pet Should Your Family Adopt?

    which type of pet should your family adopt?So, you have made the decision to add a furry (or maybe scaly) member to your family. There are many benefits to having a family pet, but there are also many responsibilities. And, depending on the type of pet your family gets, there could be a lot of money, time and effort put into caring for an animal.

    Choosing the right pet for your family is an important decision, and there are many things that you should take into consideration.

    Take the quiz below for a fun look into which type of pet is a good fit for your family’s lifestyle:

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  5. What Does It Mean To Be A Parent?

    Children playing with parentsThe role of “parent” has a broad definition. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, a parent is a person who brings up and cares for another.

    However, being a parent does not necessarily mean that you biologically passed your genetics to a child. A parent can take on different forms, such as stepparent, grandparent, legal guardian, or a combination.

    Regardless of the form, the following remains constant: A parent’s job is to raise children to be the best men and women that they can be. It’s a huge responsibility, one that requires patience, love, and understanding.

    For many people, being a parent means:

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