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Mariko Zapf

Mariko Zapf is a Brooklyn-based writer with a passion for parenting and healthy living. Her byline has appeared in Woman's Day, Runner's World, Organic Life and Yahoo, among others.

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Work, Life, Balanced

How to Tackle Your Kids' Morning Routine

Morning routines and getting kids ready for the day can be crazy-making. Here are essential tips and tricks for cutting down on chaos.

By Mariko Zapf
Work, Life, Balanced

How to Talk to Kids About Money

It's our job to teach our kids the necessary life skills to manage money. Here are six steps for helping your kids become financially responsible.

By Mariko Zapf
Work, Life, Balanced

5 New Year's Resolutions for Families

As a parent, I couldn’t wait for my children to be old enough to enjoy New Year’s resolutions, but I wasn’t sure at first how to make that happen.

By Mariko Zapf
Work, Life, Balanced

Keeping Kids Busy at Home

At the end of the year, kids can get restless, right as the weather is getting cooler. So it's more important than ever to keep them busy at home!

By Mariko Zapf
Work, Life, Balanced

How Many Holiday Presents Should You Give a Child?

There’s nothing more joyous than watching children open gifts during the holidays — but is there such a thing as too many presents?

By Mariko Zapf
Work, Life, Balanced

7 Essential Tips for Traveling With Kids

Expert tips and tricks on how to travel with your children and avoid meltdowns, including the best toys and games to pack to keep them busy.

By Mariko Zapf
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Term Life Insurance Policy Series ICC22 2205-4004 WSA and Accelerated Death Benefit Rider policy series ICC22 2205-2623 WSA (and state variations where applicable) issued by Western-Southern Life Assurance Company, Cincinnati, OH which operates in DC and all states except NY, and distributed by Gerber Life Agency, LLC using Fabric Technologies. Gerber Life Agency, LLC is an affiliate of Gerber Life Insurance Company (est. 1967). All are members of Western & Southern Financial Group (Western & Southern). Issuance of coverage for Term Life Insurance is subject to underwriting review and approval. Please see a copy of the policy for the full terms, conditions and exclusions. Product provisions, availability, definitions and benefits may vary by state. Payment of benefits under the life insurance policy is the obligation of, and is guaranteed by, the issuing company. Guarantees are based on the claims-paying ability of the issuer. Products are backed by the full financial strength of the issuing company.

All sample pricing is based on a 30-year old F in Excellent health for the coverage amount shown and a 10-year term policy, unless otherwise stated. Gerber Life Agency, LLC (GLA) is an insurance agency licensed to sell life insurance products. GLA will receive compensation from Western-Southern Life Assurance Company for such sales. The NAIC Company Code for Western-Southern Life Assurance Company is 92622.

Western-Southern Life Assurance Company's A+ Superior A.M. Best Rating: Superior ability to meet ongoing insurance obligations (second highest of 13 ratings; rating held since June 2009). Ratings are subject to change from time to time. The ratings shown here are correct as of 09/03/2022. For more information about a particular rating or rating agency, please visit the website of the relevant agency.

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