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How to Choose a Preschool

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Jan 17, 2018 @ 07:43 AM

When you’re ready to select a preschool for your child, it can be an exciting time, and it’s definitely a time when it’s important to make the right decision. To help, we’ve gathered together wisdom from experts, including from a detailed PBS article on how to choose a preschool.

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Disciplining Kids: Common Mistakes & How to Avoid Them

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Jan 10, 2018 @ 08:00 AM

The Cleveland Clinic calls discipline a “key parenting skill” and offers five tips on how to master this skill. The first is to NOT view discipline as punishment. The first is “far more effective” than the second, but it does require more work. Disciplining kids, the article shares, involves teaching self-control and restraint whereas punishment is a “direct, pointed penalty or loss of privilege that serves as retribution.” StockSnap_93BIRH8NFG.jpg

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Topics: preschoolers

Language Development Milestones to Know for Your Preschooler & Toddler

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Dec 27, 2017 @ 08:00 AM

“The first 3 years of life, when the brain is developing and maturing, is the most intensive period for acquiring speech and language skills. These skills develop best in a world that is rich with sounds, sights, and consistent exposure to the speech and language of others. There appear to be critical periods for speech and language development in infants and young children when the brain is best able to absorb language. If these critical periods are allowed to pass without exposure to language, it will be more difficult to learn.” (National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

When your child starts to speak, it’s an exciting time – and a time when you might wonder if your child is reaching appropriate developmental milestones in speech. The reality is that every child develops in his or her own unique way, but there are typical language development milestones you should watch for at each age. Here is a summary of information provided by Parents.com.

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Games that Promote Good Behavior in Preschoolers

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Dec 20, 2017 @ 08:05 AM

Children naturally love to play. So, it just makes sense to encourage them to play games that help them to develop positive traits, ones that translate into good behavior. Sound too good to be true? Try these games that promote good behavior in preschoolers. 

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5 Healthy Holiday Snacks for Kids

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Dec 13, 2017 @ 08:00 AM

When you create snacks that make your child smile, he or she is much more likely to increase intake of healthy fruits, vegetables and more. Here are five recipes we like, and you can follow the links to find even more tantalizing possibilities.

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4 Fun Holiday Activities in Northeast Ohio

Posted by Dave Smith on Thu, Dec 07, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

Looking for affordable family-friendly holiday activities in Northeast Ohio? We’re highlighting four of them here. We always recommend that you call ahead, just in case hours have changed. Enjoy!

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How to Stop the Spread of Germs This Cold & Flu Season

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Nov 29, 2017 @ 08:00 AM

You want your child to feel good, year-round, including during the cold and flu season. It isn’t possible for your child to never get sick, but you can reduce the chances of your child catching a cold or flu this winter by stopping the spread of germs. Here are some tips for how to stop the spread of germs this cold and flu season.

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Winter Safety Tips for Kids

Posted by Dave Smith on Tue, Nov 21, 2017 @ 08:25 AM

Winter can be a season of great fun for children: building snowmen, sledding, zipping around on ice skates and more. Here’s how you can keep your children safe and feeling good while they play outdoors.

First, it’s hard to have fun when you don’t feel well. Fortunately, the Cleveland Clinic provides great tips on how to help keep your children healthy during winter months. Step one is to dispel a commonly held belief: that cold weather causes colds. In reality, most colds are caused by viruses, ones we are more commonly exposed to in the wintertime. Plus, colds are more easily spread when school is in session, as children spread the viruses to one another through droplets sneezed into the air and through hand contact.

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How to Know When to Call the Doctor for a Fever

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Nov 15, 2017 @ 08:30 AM

Fevers range from mild ones to those that can be frightening to parents. How do you know when one is serious, and when to call the doctor for a fever?

The Cleveland Clinic defines a fever as a temperature over 100.4 degrees F, which is almost 2 degrees above the average body temperature of 98.6 F. People’s body temperatures fluctuate throughout the day, and “can differ by age, activity levels and other factors. Don’t be alarmed if your child’s temperature varies. The magic number for fever is 100.4 F.”

Fevers that are typically not a matter of concern, according to the Cleveland Clinic, include these:

  • Low-grade fevers that occur shortly after your baby or child received immunizations. These fevers are typically normal if they last less than 48 hours.
  • Fevers of less than five days; this is especially true if your child is eating and drinking normally, and is acting fairly normal (even if he or she is more tired).
  • Fevers with temperatures of 102.5 F or less for children aged 3 months to 3 years; or temperatures of up to 103 F if your child is older. In and of themselves, they are “not necessarily worrisome.”
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For Families: Fall Activities in Northeast Ohio

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Nov 08, 2017 @ 08:00 AM

“Autumn in Ohio is a feast for the senses. With a wide variety of trees, Ohio forests gradually begin to blaze with brilliant hues of red, gold and orange from September to mid-November. There is a crispness in the air that makes the earthy smell of falling leaves all the more pronounced. It’s a perfect time to visit Ohio State Parks, national forests and nature preserves for a hike, a bicycle ride or a late season paddle to take in the color.” (Ohio.org)

Fall is the time of year when you can go on walks with your children, just to enjoy the stunning colors of leaves as they change and drift to the ground. Or you can put a twist on the neighborhood walk and take a family-friendly hike through the Cleveland Metroparks, the Lorain County Metro Parks or somewhere similar. November can be an incredibly beautiful time of year to go for hikes and bike rides, the last of fall before weather transitions into winter.

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