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Parents' Corner

Tips to Boost Your Child's Self-Esteem

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Jul 14, 2021 @ 05:45 PM

Children who develop a sense of positive self-esteem value themselves, have confidence in their abilities and strive to do their best. They are more likely to have, in the words of Understood.org, a “growth mindset”— which empowers them to tackle challenges, seek help when needed, be resilient, advocate for themselves, take personal responsibility for their actions, resist peer pressure, and learn from mistakes.

This clearly sounds like a real formula for success — but the question then becomes how to help your child to build self-esteem. To help, we’ve collected strategies from experts.

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Topics: Child Behavior

How to Prepare Your Child for a Move

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Apr 07, 2021 @ 06:45 PM

Moving can be stressful for everyone involved, but for kids, it can be even more stressful. Here’s how you can help prepare your child for a move and make the process as smooth as possible.

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Topics: Child Behavior

Hyperactivity in Children Can Have Numerous Causes

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Mar 31, 2021 @ 06:00 PM

Signs of hyperactivity can range from excessive fidgeting and squirming to a lack of focus and attention on an activity. A hyperactive child can talk too much, run around when it’s not appropriate, climb on furniture, and otherwise be in constant motion.

When children display hyperactive behaviors, it’s not unusual for someone to ask how much sugar they’ve consumed — even though that’s likely not the cause. Yes, scientists believe that sugar consumption can have a mild effect on some children, but it’s not typically the reason for hyperactive behavior.

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Topics: Child Behavior

Updated COVID-19 Policies and Procedures

Posted by David Smith on Mon, Feb 01, 2021 @ 07:00 PM

Horizon has made changes to its COVID-19 policies and procedures. Here’s what you need to know:

Horizon Education Centers’ pandemic hours of operation are 6:30 am to 6:00 pm Monday – Friday.

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Topics: Child Behavior, COVID-19

4 Benefits of Imaginative Play for Young Children

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Oct 18, 2017 @ 08:00 AM

Have you ever seen a young child open a larger present — and then toss the gift aside to play inside the box? The box may become a race car or spaceship, or something else entirely. No matter the specifics, that child is engaging in imaginative play, and the process of pretending is both essential and more complex than it may look on the surface.

Here are four benefits of imaginative play.

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Topics: Child Behavior, Activities for Children

4 Common Behavior Issues in Children & What You Can Do

Posted by David Smith on Wed, May 31, 2017 @ 08:30 AM

A key part of being a parent is modeling good behavior for our children, as pointed out on HealthyChildren.org, which provides high-level strategies to help shape behavior, including modeling positive behaviors. If your child sees adults sharing, using good manners and taking turns, for example, he or she is more likely to learn those behaviors.

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Topics: Child Behavior

Getting Your Child to Bundle Up in Cold Weather

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Nov 09, 2016 @ 08:00 AM

Some children are perfectly willing to wear whatever a parent suggests, while others develop a unique sense of style at a very young age. If your child falls into the latter category, what do you do if he or she decides a fall jacket doesn’t fit into his or her fashion plan? Answers from experts about children and cold weather might surprise you.

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Topics: Child Behavior

Birth Order of Your Children: How to Bring Out the Best in Them

Posted by David Smith on Wed, May 04, 2016 @ 08:00 AM

If you have more than one child, it’s possible that they have similar personalities. It’s also possible, though, that their personalities are so different that it’s hard to believe they’re related. Psychologists have studied birth order and the effects it has on people, but conclusions are far from cut and dried.

So, first we’ll go through generalizations that hold some truth.

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Topics: Child Behavior

Dealing Positively with your Daydreamer

Posted by David Smith on Wed, May 27, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

You tell your preschooler to put her toys away and she gets started – but then, instead of seeing her picking up her games and action figures, you find her gazing at one of her favorites with a half-smile on her face. You get a call from her preschool teacher saying that your daughter never disrupts the group but she tends to drift off into her own thoughts rather than focusing on the new activity being explained. Then, when you go to check up on her, she’s staring out the window.

It sounds like you’ve got a daydreamer!

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Topics: Child Behavior

Best Places to Visit with Children in Cleveland

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Mar 18, 2015 @ 10:00 AM

But, Mom (or Dad, or Grandma, or Grandpa) . . . there’s nothing to do!!!

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Topics: Child Behavior, Activities for Children

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