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. 4 Ideas for Celebrating Your Child’s Accomplishments

    Family celebrating around dinner tableAccording to Merriam-Webster, an achievement is simply something that has been accomplished through effort – the result of hard work. For children, an “achievement” could refer to any number of things.

    Whether it’s acing a test, nailing an audition or tryout, making the honor roll, or meeting any other goal, it’s important to take the time to recognize and celebrate your child’s accomplishments.

    Here are four ways to acknowledge achievements, big and small, in your child’s life:

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  2. Quiz: How well do you know these classic children’s stories?

    Classic children's story quizFor many parents, there are some children’s books that you can never outgrow. These classic tales from our formative years not only helped us learn to read, but also likely influenced the person we turned out to be.

    There’s something really special about sharing your favorite childhood story with your own child, and exploring other classics to see what stories he or she responds to.

    Let’s take a trip down memory lane to the land of “Once Upon a Time.” Take our quiz to see how well you know these classic children’s stories from the past.

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  3. Why Do We “Spring Forward”? The History of Daylight Saving Time

    The history of daylight saving timeOn Sunday, many of us will set our clocks an hour ahead, giving us an “extra hour” of sunlight at the end of the day. While “springing forward” may seem simple enough, the history of Daylight Saving Time (DST) and the thought process behind it is a little more complicated.

    According to timeanddate.com, DST is used to make better use of daylight and to save energy. Who invented Daylight Saving Time? It’s hard to pinpoint exactly, but it’s a concept that has been alluded to in ancient civilizations and later made famous and adopted into common usage by scientists and politicians.

    Here’s a look at the history of Daylight Saving Time:

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  4. How To Decide Which Term Life Policy Duration is Right for Your Family

    Close-up of familyTerm life insurance is a popular insurance option because of its affordability and flexible coverage periods or “terms.” Policies such as the Gerber Life Simplified Term Life Plan1 offer coverage periods of 10, 15, 20, and 30 years. In most cases, the shorter the duration of the term, the less costly the premium rate. The monthly premium, however, should not be the only consideration when selecting policy duration.

    How do you choose which term life policy duration best fits your needs? In the most basic sense, it depends on how long you want to have the coverage, but there can be many factors that influence a decision.

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  5. 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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