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3 Meal Ideas for Busy Parents

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Feb 14, 2018 @ 06:01 AM

“Working parents have it tough. I have no earthly idea how it’s possible to work 40+ hours a week, run errands, go to PTA meetings, put Band-Aids on boo-boos and prepare dinner for hungry families. But mom and dad are superhuman – and manage to fit more activity into one day than seems remotely reasonable.”

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Signs that Your Child is Ready for Potty Training

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Feb 07, 2018 @ 07:01 AM

In the late 1990s, Dr. Benjamin Spock, Dr. T. Berry Brazelton and other pediatricians pioneered the idea that children are sometimes pushed into potty training before they’re ready. They recommended that, instead, parents should follow the lead of their children in the process, watching for signs of “toilet training readiness.” Since then, many pediatricians and parents alike have embraced this approach. What, though, are the signs of readiness?

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Does My Child Need Homework Help? How to Tell

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Jan 31, 2018 @ 06:02 AM

Some school districts don’t give homework assignments until the second grade. Others start in kindergarten. No matter when your child starts to get homework, it’s important to be able to discern when he or she needs help – and know how to provide assistance. The purpose of homework, as explained in a PBS article, “is designed to help students reinforce key concepts, process and solidify new information, provide time for extra practice of skills, and reflect on how much they’ve learned.”

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4 Tips for Teaching Social Skills to Kids

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Jan 24, 2018 @ 06:49 AM

When your children are young, you want them to make friends and otherwise learn how to engage with people around them. You want them to learn how to cooperate and work well with others – and, as they grow, their need for quality social skills only continues to increase. He or she will need to learn how to give and receive respect and advocate for himself or herself. Social skills help with developing self-confidence, independence and negotiating skills, along with the ability to plan for the future.

So, how can you help your children learn these vital skills? Here are four tips for teaching social skills.

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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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