Parents' Corner

One Way to Give to Horizon: The Pioneer Freedge

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Apr 19, 2023 @ 09:00 AM

Powered by the United Way of Lorain County, South Side Pride is a community collaborative that supports the personal and academic growth of 5th-8th grade students and their families in South Elyria. As one of South Side Pride’s partners, Horizon is proud to support various programs that offer young people access to helpful resources.

Alongside after-school activities and summer camps, there's The Pioneer Freedge — or free refrigerator — program.

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Topics: Child Development, Child Nutrition

Here Are Five Restaurants in Lorain, Ohio Your Kids Will Love

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Mar 08, 2023 @ 09:00 AM

There are so many restaurants in Lorain, Ohio, it would be hard not to find one you like. But if you’re thinking about taking the kids somewhere to eat in Lorain, you don’t have to worry. There are plenty of restaurants they will love.

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Topics: Child Nutrition, Family Time, Afterschool

What Are The Best North Olmsted Restaurants That Are Kid-Friendly?

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Feb 08, 2023 @ 09:00 AM

So, you’re looking for North Olmsted restaurants.  But this isn’t date night. The kids are coming along. That’s OK. There are plenty of great kid-friendly restaurants to choose from.

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Topics: Child Nutrition, Activities for Children, Family Time

What Is The "Kid's Healthy Eating Plate?"

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Dec 28, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

As a parent, you want your child to eat a healthy diet—and you can find plenty of resources targeted for grownups to read. Kid’s Healthy Eating Plate by Harvard, however, provides an eye-catching graphic that can grab the attention of the targeted audience: the kids themselves. Then, to the left, parents can click on topics to gain more information about healthy eating patterns for the entire family, including adults.

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Topics: Child Development, Child Nutrition, Child Benefits, Child Care

Vitamins and Kids: What to Know

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Sep 20, 2017 @ 08:00 AM

If your preschooler is a picky eater, first know you’re not alone. Children of this age often are selective about what they eat, so having a child who only wants to eat mac-and-cheese and applesauce is not unusual. Next, consider these tips for expanding your child’s food preferences, along with information about whether vitamin supplements can fill nutritional gaps. Here’s what to know about vitamins and kids.

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Topics: Child Nutrition, Health Tips

4 Easy, Healthy & Cheap After-School Snacks

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Sep 13, 2017 @ 08:30 AM

When your child comes home after school, he or she is likely to say, “Hey, I’m hungry! What do we have to eat?” And, depending upon how hectic your day has been, it may be tempting to offer your child whatever snack is easiest to provide. That’s only natural. We put together a list of four after-school snacks that are quick and convenient — but are also healthy and easy on the budget.

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Topics: Child Nutrition, Afterschool

5 Recipes for Healthy Halloween Snacks

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Oct 26, 2016 @ 08:00 AM

It’s that time of year again when every place you go seems to have bowls of candy available for your children, when holiday parties focus on costumes and sweets, and when your children can go door to door and get baskets full of treats. As excited as your children are, you might find yourself worrying about the sugar and the calories.

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Topics: Child Nutrition

Power Up Your Preschooler: the Importance of Breakfast

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Aug 24, 2016 @ 08:00 AM

A nutritious breakfast fuels up your child with important vitamins and minerals, providing him or her with iron, fiber, calcium and much more. A healthy diet helps your child concentrate in preschool—and then school—and serves as the foundation to building healthy eating habits. When your child doesn’t eat a filling breakfast, he or she will tend to want junk food.

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Topics: Child Nutrition, Preschool

Celebrate Watermelon Day with Recipes, Facts and Crafts

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jul 20, 2016 @ 08:00 AM

August 3 is unofficially National Watermelon Day. We say “unofficially” because Congress hasn’t passed any formal legislation making it so—but that doesn’t need to keep you from celebrating this summer fruit with your family.

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Topics: Child Nutrition

Fruits and Veggies Fun for Preschoolers

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jul 13, 2016 @ 08:00 AM

As adults, we know that including a variety of fruits and vegetables is important for a healthy diet. For children, this leads to “improved nutrition, decreased obesity risk and better school performance.” Unfortunately, only 22 percent of toddlers and preschoolers meet government recommendations for fruit and vegetable intake, and only 16 percent of children aged 6 to 11 do, this article states.

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Topics: Child Nutrition



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