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Handwashing: How to Teach Children Good Hand Hygiene

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Feb 19, 2020 @ 08:30 PM

Handwashing is, by far, the most effective way to help prevent your children from getting sick and the best way to prevent the spread of germs. Time spent washing hands can, therefore, reduce the amount of time spent in a doctor’s office!

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Horizon Education Centers Acquires Two Family Life Child Care Centers from Ohio Guidestone

Posted by David Smith on Mon, Feb 17, 2020 @ 08:30 PM

Horizon Education has announced that they have acquired in a purchase from Ohio Guidestone two Family Life Child Care Centers (Berea and Lakewood Facilities).

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Celebrating Two Heroes at Horizon!

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Feb 12, 2020 @ 08:30 PM

October 30, 2019 started out like any other ordinary Wednesday at the Southside location of Horizon Education Centers, with the children enjoying time in the gym during the late morning. Shortly before 11 a.m., a child complained about having a stomachache. One of the teachers figured she needed to use the restroom, which would often be the underlying reason for a tummy ache — and it still seemed as though gym time would then go on as normal.

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Playground Safety Tips

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Feb 05, 2020 @ 08:30 PM

Playgrounds provide children with hours of fun, giving them a chance to play with friends, participate in an exercise, and get fresh air. It’s important that playground safety rules are established and followed. Every year, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 200,000 children end up in the emergency room because of playground-related injuries — many of which could have been prevented.

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Stranger Danger: What to Teach Children About Strangers

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jan 29, 2020 @ 08:30 PM

On the one hand, you want your child to learn how to meet new people and make new friends. On the other hand, you want him or her to stay safe, which involves staying away from people who might intend to harm your child.

So, how do you balance these two concepts?

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Why are Toddlers so Possessive?

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jan 22, 2020 @ 08:30 PM

“Mine! That’s mine!”

If you have a toddler in the house, you’re probably hearing that phrase quite often, perhaps even about things that don’t belong to your child. Although this experience can be frustrating, know that this is a normal part of toddler development — something that usually kicks in around 18 months old. Research, meanwhile, shows that for children aged 2 and 4, they often believe that the first person who possesses an item is the owner. That’s why you may hear, “But I had it first!”

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Social Media Tips for Parents and Children

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jan 15, 2020 @ 08:30 PM

Social media helps to connect children with friends and family, allowing them to easily communicate and share what’s going on in their lives, among other benefits. But just because kids typically understand how to use social media platforms, they may not yet be able to understand the risks associated with its usage.

Here’s how you can help with their online safety with social media activity.

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Benefits of Assigning Chores for Your Children

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Dec 04, 2019 @ 08:30 PM

Yes, it can be easier and faster to just dust, sweep and feed the cat yourself. But, when you assign age-appropriate chores to your young children, this can benefit them in numerous ways. These include:

  • providing them with a sense of accomplishment
  • helping them to build their self-esteem and work ethic alike
  • showing them the importance of doing a job well, which helps to create a sense of responsibility in them
  • demonstrating how important it is to keep your home clean and neat
  • allowing your young children to feel part of the family team

VeryWellFamily.com provides insights into what household tasks are reasonable to expect children to perform at a young age.

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Does My Child Have a Cold or the Flu?

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Nov 27, 2019 @ 08:30 PM

Yes, it’s cold and flu season — a time when young children may very well be passing germs between them. But how can you tell whether your child has a cold or the flu? Both are respiratory illnesses with similar symptoms. In general, symptoms are more intense with the flu than the common cold, but that can sometimes be hard to judge.

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How to Help Your Child Get Organized

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Nov 20, 2019 @ 08:30 PM

Young children can benefit in many ways when they develop organizational skills, which includes but isn’t limited to time management skills. The benefits of organizational skills include having the ability to set priorities and make plans, and to focus on completing tasks — which can naturally help your child be more successful.

This post will share tips and strategies to help children become more organized at school and at home.

Easy as 1-2-3

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