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4 Easy, Healthy & Cheap After-School Snacks

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Sep 13, 2017 @ 08:30 AM

When your child comes home after school, he or she is likely to say, “Hey, I’m hungry! What do we have to eat?” And, depending upon how hectic your day has been, it may be tempting to offer your child whatever snack is easiest to provide. That’s only natural. We put together a list of four after-school snacks that are quick and convenient — but are also healthy and easy on the budget.

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Topics: healthy eats, afterschool

How to Get Your Child to Give Up the Pacifier

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Aug 23, 2017 @ 04:19 PM

When your child was a baby, perhaps he or she was comforted by a pacifier, and that felt like a lifesaver. But now that he or she is an active toddler — or perhaps even preparing to enter preschool — your doctor may be telling you it’s time to give up the pacifier. For plenty of parents, that's way easier said than done, so here are tips to help make that happen.

One piece of advice from EverydayFamily.com is especially important: don’t despair. There are many strategies to try, and it’s unlikely that you’ve exhausted the possibilities. Some children actually respond best to a cold turkey approach, one where you simply remove the pacifier from your child’s reach and don’t return it. This can be challenging, early on, but usually within a week or two, your child will have adjusted.

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Topics: preschool

4 Back-to-School Tips to Make the Transition Easier

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Aug 16, 2017 @ 08:30 AM

Summer break is winding down and it’s getting close to back-to-school time. Some children transition easily from time off in the summer to the school year, while others need more help. In either case, here are four back-to-school tips to prepare your children . The first two tips are relevant for children who are entering preschool through elementary school. The next two are more age-specific.

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Topics: back-to-school tips

Alphabet Recognition Tips for Preschool

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Aug 09, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Alphabet recognition is a crucial skill for toddlers and preschoolers to learn, and it serves as the foundation of reading and writing. This post explores the typical developmental curve for alphabet recognition and provides fun, age-appropriate, low-cost ways for your child to master this skill.

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Topics: preschool education

4 Simple Ways to Deal with Bug Bites

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Aug 02, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Ah, summer. The time of year when adults and kids alike spend long hours outdoors enjoying picnics, parties and play. Unfortunately, summertime means that bugs are enjoying long hours outdoors, too. The good news is you can prevent mosquitoes, ticks and flies from interfering with your family’s enjoyment of the season. Here are four ways to deal with bug bites.

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Topics: safety tips, Childcare, child safety

6 Potty Training Tips You Might be Overlooking

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Jul 26, 2017 @ 08:30 AM

If you’ve read about potty training, talked to friends with young children and are still seeking additional help, here are six potty training tips you may be overlooking.

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Topics: potty training

How to Keep Your Child Learning Over the Summer

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

“. . . 66 percent of [teachers] said they’re spending three to four weeks at the beginning of the school year teaching old concepts that have been forgotten.” (Washington Post)

Two words, Huffington Post tells us, can “help you prevent learning loss this summer: enrichment and involvement.” The article then shares 12 concrete enrichment and involvement tips to keep your child learning over the summer. The first is to visit the nearest library. Consider recording your child reading to you or you reading to him or her, and then play these recordings at bedtime.

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Topics: summer activities

8 Summer Activities that Build Gross Motor Skills

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jul 12, 2017 @ 09:48 AM

We’ve been talking about activities that help toddlers and preschoolers develop gross motor skills by exercising the large muscles in the legs, arms and trunk.  Today, we continue our list of summer games that parents can play with their children to encourage gross motor skill development:


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Topics: Horizon Education Center, summer camp, preparing your child, afterschool

4 Free or Low-Cost Summer Activities in Northern Ohio

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jul 05, 2017 @ 08:41 AM

Are you looking for fun summer activities for your family, but don’t want to break the bank? Here are four free or low-cost summer activities in northern Ohio just right for you.

Beating the Heat

One of the best ways to cool down during a hot summer day is a dip in a refreshing pool, but sometimes your young ones can’t swim yet. Fortunately, there is a fun and often free or low-cost solution: spraygrounds! In a sprayground, water is sprayed out of fountains to allow your child to put on a swimsuit and safely play in the cool water.

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Topics: summer activities

How to Keep Your Child Safe During the Summer

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jun 28, 2017 @ 08:30 AM

Summertime can be children’s favorite time of the year, with fun outdoor activities ready to enjoy. This season also poses risks, however, so it’s important to be aware of them to help keep your child safe during the summer.

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Topics: safety tips, child safety, water safety

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