Parents' Corner

New Video Game Research Shows Benefits for Children

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Nov 02, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

Not surprisingly, more people turned to gaming during the COVID-19 shutdown and subsequent social distancing. The pandemic, in fact, caused many people who might have reservations about screen time to rethink the value of video games—and a headline from The New York Times summarizes the conclusion of many: “Coronavirus Ended the Screen-Time Debate. Screens Won.”

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Topics: Child Development, Child Benefits

What Is An Easy Exercise for Preschoolers?

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Oct 12, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

Some preschoolers have so much energy that it's easy to find ways to get exercise for preschoolers. The idea of coming up with exercises for them doesn’t seem necessary. Others may be less active. In that case, you may want to encourage them to “be active when they play,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), being “physically active throughout the day.” 

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Topics: Activities for Children, Child Benefits, Preschool

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

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

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