5 Reasons every parent should have life insurance

The death of a parent can leave children without options if there’s no insurance coverage. Responsible parents should have a plan in place.

Couple meeting with insurance broker

According to recent studies by Forbes Magazine, 69 percent of single parents and 45 percent of married parents don’t have life insurance coverage. It’s a growing problem when you consider that this means many children will be without financial support if they have to deal with the unexpected death of a parent.

Debt protection

The younger the parent, the fewer the assets and usually the greater the debt. This can put a child’s future in jeopardy. If a parent dies, insurance can help meet immediate care needs, and coverage may also provide for educational goals, including college. Having adequate life insurance to pay off your mortgage can mean that your children won’t face an uncertain financial future without you while the estate disappears to pay off outstanding debts.


In any family scenario, life insurance is a must — but it is essential in single-parent homes, where one person is both the breadwinner and caregiver. The value of this person is irreplaceable without preparation and magnifies the tragedy of losing a parent for the children involved.


The unexpected death of a parent can put an end to dreams of higher education without the protection of life insurance. As parents, we all have hopes for a better life for our kids, and a college education is a big step in that direction. With ever-rising costs at universities, the loss of a parent can be a financial blow that puts tuition and college fees out of reach. Adequate life insurance can make the difference by covering daily expenses and providing for the future.

Immediate expenses

One of the reasons many parents go without life insurance is that they don’t really want to think about death. Others believe it is costly and beyond their financial means, especially in a difficult economy. For those with little extra cash to squeeze out of a tight budget, term life insurance can provide an inexpensive safety net and will cover some immediate expenses, including funeral costs. In tragic times, children should not have to deal with finding money to cover immediate expenses.

Living expenses

Beyond covering funeral costs and providing for future educational goals, life insurance can provide a reasonable annual income for your children that covers family living expenses. A common rule of thumb is to have enough life insurance coverage to equal six to ten times your annual income.

Quick Tip

Research term life insurance online to find an affordable plan that will fit into your budget.

More tips

Parenting resources we love
Preparing your family for an emergency (seriously)
Simple steps to setting family goals

Please note: Articles and other information included on this website are intended for the general interest of our readers, and are not intended to provide, and do not constitute, legal, financial, health or other advice. Gerber Life makes no claims, representations or warranties as to the accuracy, completeness or appropriateness of this general interest information for your particular circumstances. If you need legal, financial, health or other services, you should contact a duly licensed professional.