Parents' Corner

What Are The Benefits Of Routine for Children?

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

The benefits of routine for children are significant.  A routine can create a sense of familiarity, which in turn can allow a child to feel more confident at home, in childcare settings, and in school. Consistency in a schedule can be especially important during more challenging times in a child’s life, but it also offers a sense of security even during more ordinary days. 

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Topics: Child Behavior, Child Development, Child Benefits

Here Are 5 Benefits of Eating at the Family Dinner Table

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Sep 14, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

According to The Family Dinner Project, sitting down to eat at the family dinner table provides children with numerous physical, academic, and social-emotional benefits. That’s why the non-profit organization refers to family dinners as “magic.” This magic is created through three elements: food, fun, and conversation. 

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Topics: Child Behavior, Horizon Education Center, Child Care, Afterschool

Here's Your 2022 Back-To-School Guide For Parents (And Kids)

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Aug 24, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

From getting back into a school year schedule to buying school supplies and more, there’s plenty to do to return to fall routines. So, we put together a little back-to-school guide to help. And the best news is that there are only three things to focus on in our guide!

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Topics: Child Behavior, Child Development, Horizon Education Center, Back-to-School Tips

What Are the Benefits of Imaginative Play?

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Jul 13, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

Imaginative play is how your child makes sense of the world around him or her through role-playing. During imaginative play, a child may pretend to visit the moon with a pile of sand on the beach serving as the spaceship or turn a box into a castle and reign over the world from within the confines of the cardboard. Possibilities with this kind of play are literally limited only by the child’s imagination. 

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Topics: Child Behavior, Activities for Children

How To Sleep Train Your Baby

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Mar 16, 2022 @ 07:05 AM

If you’re longing to get a good night’s sleep again—something that might currently seem impossible with a baby who wakes up frequently in the night—the Cleveland Clinic has some tips on how to sleep train your baby. 

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Topics: Child Behavior, Infant Care

Self-Esteem Begins to Develop During the Toddler Years

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Feb 09, 2022 @ 06:00 PM

When young children start to get a sense of self-esteem, it helps them to continue to learn and
grow. Experts define this trait as liking yourself and having confidence when trying new
things—and, when a child succeeds and feels a sense of accomplishment, this can build a
healthy sense of self-confidence.

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Topics: Child Behavior, Skill Building

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

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