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6 Car Safety Tips for Kids

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jun 21, 2017 @ 08:30 AM

HealthyChildren.org provides an in-depth article, updated in February 2017, about how to keep your children safe while riding in a car. These are based on American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommendations and provide the substance of our six car safety tips, along with information from SaferCar.gov.

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Topics: safety tips, child safety

4 Ways to Encourage Language Development in Toddlers

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Jun 14, 2017 @ 08:30 AM

Language use begins to blossom when a child is a toddler, and there are plenty of ways to encourage your child. Here are four of them.

Understand Typical Toddler Milestones

When you understand what’s typical for the toddler stage, you can:

  • Manage your own expectations, not expecting too much, too soon
  • Appropriately challenge your child’s language development
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Topics: toddler development

3 Ways to Help Your Child with Kindergarten Readiness

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jun 07, 2017 @ 08:30 AM

In the past 50 years, kindergarten has moved well beyond block building and naptime. Today, children are expected to hit the ground running on their first day of kindergarten. This doesn’t mean that kindergarten teachers expect their students to arrive knowing how to read and add, but it does mean that kindergarteners are expected to have obtained certain prerequisite skills that will allow them to succeed in school.

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Topics: toddler, learning skills, kindergarten, learning centers, learning, learning process

4 Common Behavior Issues in Children & What You Can Do

Posted by David Smith on Wed, May 31, 2017 @ 08:30 AM

A key part of being a parent is modeling good behavior for our children, as pointed out on HealthyChildren.org, which provides high-level strategies to help shape behavior, including modeling positive behaviors. If your child sees adults sharing, using good manners and taking turns, for example, he or she is more likely to learn those behaviors.

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Topics: child behavior

6 Things Parents Should Know About Kindergarten Readiness

Posted by David Smith on Wed, May 24, 2017 @ 08:30 AM

Getting your child prepared for kindergarten is important, without a doubt — but it’s also important to educate yourself on the changing requirements for kindergarten. To help, we’ve gathered plenty of quality information all in one post. Here are six things parents should know about kindergarten readiness.

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Topics: kindergarten

Should I Send My Child to Preschool?

Posted by David Smith on Wed, May 17, 2017 @ 08:30 AM

“There's increasing evidence that children gain a lot from going to preschool,” says Parents advisor Kathleen McCartney, PhD, dean of Harvard Graduate School of Education. “At preschool, they become exposed to numbers, letters, and shapes. And, more important, they learn how to socialize — get along with other children, share, contribute to circle time.” (Parents.com)

Unlike kindergarten, preschool attendance isn't mandatory, but an ever-growing body of evidence shows that preschool is highly beneficial for children.

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Topics: preschool

What is Math Readiness?

Posted by David Smith on Wed, May 10, 2017 @ 01:26 PM

When your child starts preschool — and then kindergarten and then elementary school — he or she should have certain skills to get the most out of his or her education. Here are strategies to use at home to help make sure your child is math ready. 

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Topics: kindergarten, preschool

How Socialization Benefits Toddlers

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Apr 26, 2017 @ 08:30 AM

Your toddler who is rather shy or one who is already the life of any gathering. No matter where your child falls on this spectrum, he or she will benefit from age-appropriate opportunities to socialize. Socialization, in fact, is an important part of your child’s development overall — with social milestones helping your child to “manage personal feelings, understand others' feelings and needs, and interact in a respectful and acceptable way.” Read on to learn how socialization benefits toddlers.

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Topics: toddler, toddler development

The Benefits of Afterschool Programs

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Apr 19, 2017 @ 08:30 AM

“Effective afterschool programs bring a wide range of benefits to youth, families and communities. Afterschool programs can boost academic performance, reduce risky behaviors, promote physical health, and provide a safe, structured environment for the children of working parents.” (Youth.gov)

Afterschool programs provide structured, supervised programming outside of school hours for children and teens, providing “academic support, mentoring, youth development, arts and sports and recreation.” Although these programs can benefit all children and youth, there are additional benefits of afterschool programs for working families as they provide a safe haven after school while parents work.

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Topics: afterschool programs, afterschool

Family-Friendly Easter Activities in Northeast Ohio

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Apr 12, 2017 @ 08:30 AM

After being cooped up during the wintertime, children often have lots of extra energy in the spring—and it’s likely that yours are no exception. So here are even more activities to keep them busy and engaged during the spring break and Easter season.

If your family celebrates Easter, there are plenty of Easter activities in Northeast Ohio, from egg hunts to pictures with the bunny. To make it easy for families to find the right ones, NortheastOhioFamilyFun.com has listed activities, along with dates and locations.

Here are two more ideas for the season.

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Topics: child activities

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