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3 Ways to Give Your Preschooler Independence

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jun 12, 2019 @ 08:30 PM

Although it may be hard to imagine your preschooler as an adult, that day will come — and when it does, you’ll want him or her to make the right choices and manage his or her daily life. And the way you make that happen, an expert quoted in Parenting.com says, is to slowly let go of the things you do for young children, “while keeping the safety net of family rules and limits firmly in place.” The article also notes that, yes, it can take both “wisdom and guts” to know how to make this happen.

When you keep doing tasks for your child rather than teaching him or her how to do them, you’re sending a message that you don’t have confidence in his or her abilities. As an expert quoted in TodaysParent.com says, this can lead to a child who “lacks independence, self-esteem and problem-solving skills and who can’t — or won’t — do age-appropriate tasks.”

To help, here are three ways to encourage independence in young children.

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How to Keep Kids Safe Online

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jun 05, 2019 @ 08:30 PM

Two sentences found in an article on SafeSearchKids.com clearly state the main goal and challenges associated with creating an environment of safe online activity for children.

  • Here’s the goal: “Internet safety should be the first priority of any parent or guardian when seeking protection of children online.”
  • And the challenge: “It certainly can be a balance to juggle freedom on the internet with a safe level of online restrictions.”

For young children, you can manage online activity with one main rule: internet use is only allowed in the presence of a trusted adult. Beyond that, what internet safety strategies can you use to protect your children?

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Summer Camp 2019: It’s Not Too Late to Sign Up!

Posted by David Smith on Mon, Jun 03, 2019 @ 08:30 PM

There are numerous benefits of summer camp, including these: 

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Topics: summer camp, horizon summer camp

Horizon's Triskett Station Center Now Open

Posted by David Smith on Wed, May 29, 2019 @ 08:30 PM

We’re excited to announce the opening of our newest center at Triskett Station in Cleveland for children ages 18 months to 12 years old.

Unlike our Market Square center, this location is in the Rapid RTA parking lot, making it convenient for working parents to drop off and pick up their children. 

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Horizon Market Square Location Receives 4-Star Step Up to Quality Rating

Posted by David Smith on Wed, May 22, 2019 @ 08:30 PM

What happens during the 1,890-plus days from when your child is born to when they enter kindergarten lays the foundation for success in school and later in life. That’s why it’s important to enroll your child in a quality learning and development setting, according to the Ohio Department of Education.

Horizon Education Centers is proud to announce that our Market Square location has received a 4 Star Step Up to Quality rating. We pride ourselves on being an institution that exceeds the level of quality in development and learning programs of Ohio’s child care licensing standards. In addition to the Market Square location, Horizon Education Centers has six other locations with a four-star rating or higher from the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFM).

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Should I Send My Child to Summer Camp?

Posted by David Smith on Wed, May 15, 2019 @ 08:30 PM

When deciding to send your child to summer camp, you’ll likely factor in practical factors as well as some social ones. And, here’s one of the most practical reasons to send your child to summer camp: you need to work to support your family and you want your child to be in a safe, educational environment. So, you might as well choose someplace where your child can also have a fun adventure! 

Here are more reasons why sending your child to summer camp makes good sense. 

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Topics: summer camp

What to Know About Your Child's Oral Health

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

It isn’t unusual for young children to have issues with oral health. In fact, HealthyChildren.org points out that by age 2, 10 percent of toddlers have one or more cavities. By age 3, the number jumps up to 28 percent, which is nearly 1 in 3 toddlers. By 5 years old, nearly half of children have at least one cavity.

Because tooth decay in a child’s baby teeth can cause problems in his or her permanent teeth, it makes sense to teach your child good dental habits from a young age.

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Why You Should Choose a Summer Day Camp for Your Child

Posted by David Smith on Wed, May 01, 2019 @ 08:30 PM

Summer will be here before you know it (really!). Choosing a local summer day camp program can be a win-win for working parents and their children. Working parents need dependable, high quality, all-day care for their children that is available all summer long, and children need activities that will continue to stimulate their minds during summer break.

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Topics: child activities, summer camp, horizon summer camp, summer activities

The Terrible Twos: What to Do

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Apr 24, 2019 @ 07:30 AM

According to Parenting.com, the phrase “Terrible Twos” was first used in the 1950s. They suggest that it was coined at a time when “so much pressure was put on families to be detergent-commercial perfect that the moment a child grew out of compliant infancy, moms were freaked out.”

An expert quoted in this article notes that, although 2-year-old toddlers are being singled out for temper tantrums, in reality, youngsters may test their limits in this way from about ages 1 to 4. Another expert shares how one child may more or less “skip the meltdown stage altogether,” while another might seem to throw tantrums for years. The average toddler, of course, falls somewhere in the middle.

Temper tantrums occur at a time when toddlers are growing rapidly, wanting to test their abilities. When they feel as though that’s being thwarted, they can get quite frustrated — at an age where they typically can’t use language well enough to ask for the help they need. In other words, it’s a perfectly logical stage in child development that can also feel quite challenging, to toddlers and parents alike.

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Surprising Choking Hazards

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Apr 17, 2019 @ 08:00 AM

Children are curious, and young ones often use their mouths to explore what’s in their world. Because of that, according to a study of children aged one through three, it’s easier than you think to overlook choking hazards. In the study, researchers showed ten items commonly found in households to parents, and asked them to identify which ones posed a problem. And, parents were wrong 18 percent of the time.

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