The Gerber Life Parenting Blog

What parents want to know

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. Involve Grandparents in Your Child’s Life and Education

    0907-involving-grandparents-in-educationMany children are lucky enough to know and to have special memories of times shared with their grandparents. When possible, give your children that gift by including their grandparents in their lives and by encouraging grandparents to take an active role.

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  2. Safety Checklist for Your Child’s Day Care

    child day care center safety checklist

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    Good day care can be a fun, and enriching experience for children, but when choosing the best place for your little ones to spend their day, probably the most important factor for parents is safety. You want to know that safety is encouraged, while the kids are running, climbing, building and singing, and with the same passion that’s committed to their learning and playtime.

    As a guide for parents, below is a safety checklist for children’s daycare that Gerber Life Insurance Company has put together. It’s meant as a guide to the kinds of thing that parents may want to look for to help guard against injuries. A parent’s instinct, senses and research remain best. Walk around the facility to see if there is anything that gives you pause. Does it seem clean? Is it designed for children? Is it unlikely to allow for injury? Are the children always supervised? Check off the following details as you go.

    You’re welcome to print out this guide and take it with you when evaluating prospective day care centers or when visiting your child’s current facility.

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  3. Money-Saving Lunch Ideas

    0905-save-money-on-lunchSaving money is probably on the top of really everybody’s list of priorities, but it’s easier said than done. What with all the television and radio ads, banners on websites and roadside billboards seen on your way to work, it often seems as if we can’t go for more than ten minutes without being pressured into spending hard-earned money.

    Whether you’re saving for something big such as a house or your child’s education, or just looking to have extra dollars in your pocket, you can get a head start with the following helpful ideas for saving lunchtime money.

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  4. Teaching Money Matters to Kids with Games, Apps and Websites

    boy saving money in piggy bankHow can you teach your kids to be fiscally responsible, even at a young age? Once they’re older, how can you instill smart money-management habits? By making money matters an educational and fun challenge.

    Start when they’re young. Remember the first time you saved and saved and paid for something on your very own? What a sense of accomplishment for a child! Start your little one saving young with a piggy bank that he or she can see, touch, feel, shake, and hear sounds that change after inserting each coin. Next, consider getting a digital piggy bank that tracks savings. For example, the decimal point and numbers show the amount inside “Piggy,” teaching your child what the numbers associated with the money look like. With each “cha-ching,” your children will see how saving money adds up – a very important lesson to help teach your kids about money management.

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    Categories: Saving Money
  5. It’s Life Insurance Awareness Month. Do You Have a Policy in Place to Protect Your Family?

    statistic on families who needs more life insuranceHaving a life insurance policy is a “must” for many families. Parents often have a plan for when a child gets sick and for when severe weather heads their way, but what if something happens to them – or to you? What would happen to your family? Who would pay the rent or the mortgage, or for your children’s education? Would your family have enough money to pay for your final expenses without being a burden?

    Life insurance helps to cover such costs in case something unexpected happens to you. It helps you to protect loved ones who financially depend on you. September is Life Insurance Awareness month. Do you have enough coverage in place to adequately protect your family?

    According to LIMRA, fifty percent of U.S. households say they need more life insurance.

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