Parents' Corner

Child Development Watch: Encouraging Their Natural Gifts

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, May 18, 2022 @ 06:00 AM

Before we delve into strategies to consider, here’s a question to ponder: are children’s gifts and talents the result of nature—something they’re born with—or nurture, something that parents and teachers can help to bring out and flourish?

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Topics: Child Development, Child Benefits

5 Things to Keep Your Toddler Busy in the Car

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Feb 05, 2014 @ 11:34 AM

No one ever claimed that traveling with toddlers was easy, but even a long car ride can be less painful if you are prepared with some kid-proven distractions.

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Topics: Child Behavior, Child Development, Child Benefits, Travel Tips, Toddler Care

Tips for Keeping Your Kids Healthy During Flu Season

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jan 22, 2014 @ 10:23 AM

Tis the season for colds and flu. Lorain County childcare facilities take particular care to keep the spread of colds and flu to a minimum, but it can be an uphill battle. The very nature of cold and flu viruses combined with the close confines of daycare centers and the way children interact and play create a triple threat that aids the spread of cold and flu viruses. By knowing the facts about colds and flu, parents can augment the precautions taken at toddler care and preschool programs to help keep their families healthy this winter.

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Topics: Safety Tips, Child Nutrition, Child Benefits, Child Care, Health Tips

Tips for Handling Toddler Squabbles

Posted by David Smith on Mon, Dec 09, 2013 @ 09:29 AM

Although the children in our care at Horizon Education Centers are not necessarily siblings, they may compete with, or pester each other as siblings do. We encourage you as a parent to look for opportunities to work with your children so they don’t make a habit of getting into conflict with siblings at home. Here are a few great tips in an example on how to work to solve sibling squabbles.

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Topics: Child Behavior, Child Development, Child Benefits, Child Care

You Can Survive a Toddler Birthday Party!

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Dec 04, 2013 @ 10:20 AM

A toddler birthday party sounds great… on paper. The gap between idea and execution, however, can be fraught with peril! Still, parents and other caregivers make it successfully through a toddler-fest by following some basic guidelines:

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Topics: Safety Tips, Horizon Education Center, Child Benefits, Child Care, Toddler Care

Why a Childcare Facility Is Better for Your Child than Home Day Care

Posted by David Smith on Mon, Nov 25, 2013 @ 11:01 AM

When it comes to matters of health, welfare, education and safety, every parent wants the best for their child. Choosing a childcare facility for their child is an agonizing decision for many parents in Lorain County and western Cuyahoga County. Between national daycare chains, local childcare facilities and private home daycare programs, the number of choices can seem overwhelming.

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Topics: Child Behavior, Activities for Children, Horizon Education Center, Child Benefits, Child Care

Helping An Older Child Adjust to a New Sibling

Posted by David Smith on Mon, May 20, 2013 @ 08:12 AM

Are you expecting a new addition to your family? Have you considered ways in which you can help an older child adjust to the changes that are coming?

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Topics: Child Behavior, Child Development, Skill Building, Child Benefits, Family Time

Helping Your Child Succeed in Life, pt. 2

Posted by David Smith on Wed, May 15, 2013 @ 08:12 AM

While it is more common to give parents suggestions on what they can do to guide their children through life, Forbes.com published a surprising article on what NOT to do if you want your child to succeed. Of course they also included suggestions on what parents can do instead of the actions they say are less than beneficial.

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Topics: Child Development, Skill Building, Child Benefits, Learning

Helping Your Child Succeed in Life, pt. 1

Posted by David Smith on Mon, May 13, 2013 @ 08:12 AM

Forbes.com focuses on finance but they also know that in order to handle money well, a child needs to also be able to handle life, so in "Want Your Child to Succeed? Don't Do These Four Things" Forbes.com outlines ways parents can raise children who are equipped to handle life's challenges. These may be tough habits to break but they suggest you try NOT to:

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Topics: Child Development, Skill Building, Child Benefits, Learning

Playdates Between Children of Different Ages

Posted by David Smith on Thu, May 09, 2013 @ 08:12 AM

A question sent into a parenting advice columnist about younger children having playdates with older children offered suggestions for parents considering playdates with children of different ages or for parents with children who range in age.

According to "Ask Heidi": Your toddler will be exposed to the more expansive vocabulary and creative play ideas of the five-year-old. But these two children are at different developmental stages, so they’ll need your help before and during the playdate.

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Topics: Child Behavior, Child Development, Activities for Children, Child Benefits, Learning

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