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Our Talent Is Shining Brightly at Market Square

Posted by Dave Smith on Thu, Jan 26, 2023 @ 01:28 PM

There is a lot happening at Horizon Education Centers’ Market Square location. A new leadership team is taking over and our educators are coming up with some very unique and exciting ways to teach their students.

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Topics: Child Development, Skill Building, Horizon Education Center, Social Interaction

What to Do When Your Toddler Says "No" To Everything

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Jan 25, 2023 @ 09:00 AM

Constant streams of “no” from their children can really frustrate parents. Fortunately, Today’s Parent offers reassurance, describing this as a very natural developmental phase for toddlers (although sometimes a pretty dramatic one!) As one family psychologist describes it, it can be a “developmental powder keg.” 

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Topics: Child Behavior, Toddler Care

Teaching Kids to Save Money

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Jan 18, 2023 @ 09:00 AM

Teaching kids to save money is no easy task. You can start by helping your child to understand the value of money and to save it can help to position them for a more successful life. As a foundation, Investopedia.com shares, you can help them to understand money’s value by teaching kids the difference between wants and needs. 

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Topics: Child Behavior, Skill Building, Child Benefits, Parenting Tips

Here Are the Benefits of Assigning a Chore List

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Jan 11, 2023 @ 09:00 AM

Plenty of benefits exist when children pitch in to help with household chores—but this also raises questions, such as the right age for kids to start. According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), the age can be as young as three. 

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Topics: Child Behavior, Child Development, Child Benefits

Winter Activities for Preschoolers: Hibernation Hijinx

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Jan 04, 2023 @ 09:00 AM

Young children can enjoy winter activities both inside and out, depending on the weather. If there’s plenty of snow, but the day is fairly calm, then consider building a snowman! In this oldie but goodie video, your preschooler can learn about the science of building with snow in a fun, age-appropriate way. 

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Topics: Activities for Children, Child Care, Preschool

What Is The "Kid's Healthy Eating Plate?"

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Dec 28, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

As a parent, you want your child to eat a healthy diet—and you can find plenty of resources targeted for grownups to read. Kid’s Healthy Eating Plate by Harvard, however, provides an eye-catching graphic that can grab the attention of the targeted audience: the kids themselves. Then, to the left, parents can click on topics to gain more information about healthy eating patterns for the entire family, including adults.

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Topics: Child Development, Child Nutrition, Child Benefits, Child Care

If You Have a Toddler, School is an Option for Them

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Dec 21, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

Although this might, at first, sound too young of an age to start school—and for some children, it will be—some toddlers are ready to take advantage of all the benefits that school can provide.

It’s more about your child’s readiness for the experience than their actual age.

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Topics: Toddler Care, Back-to-School Tips

Toddler Skills: Helping Kids Learn to Help Themselves

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Dec 14, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

From the time a baby is born, ChildMind.org shares, they’re on their journey towards independence. This is a necessary process and, as parents, we can recognize it as a positive one. That said, it can take plenty of patience as tasks that young children undertake to take more time and often become quite messy. It’s easy, then, to just want to keep doing things for your toddlers.

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Topics: Toddler Care, Parenting Tips

What You Can Do About Children with Behavior and Social Issues

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Dec 07, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

Behavior and social issues can be tough to overcome for a child, but they don't have to be.

Whether your child throws tantrums, argues about rules, or blames siblings for their own undesirable behavior, this can be frustrating. Often, according to Healthline, these behaviors are a temporary phase that can be worked through with patience and understanding. It may help to reach out to your pediatrician for reassurance and support. 

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Topics: Child Behavior, Child Development, Parenting Tips

Use This Child Behavior Checklist To Address Common Issues

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Nov 16, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

We’ve put together a child behavior checklist to help you handle some common behavioral issues you may be dealing with. If your children engage in any of these behaviors, here are some helpful tips on how you should respond.

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Topics: Child Behavior, Child Development, Learning

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