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4 Simple Ways to Deal with Bug Bites

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Aug 02, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Ah, summer. The time of year when adults and kids alike spend long hours outdoors enjoying picnics, parties and play. Unfortunately, summertime means that bugs are enjoying long hours outdoors, too. The good news is you can prevent mosquitoes, ticks and flies from interfering with your family’s enjoyment of the season. Here are four ways to deal with bug bites.

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Topics: safety tips, Childcare, child safety

Afterschool Child Care Programs Boost Learning

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

“The most important advantage of a good after school program is that it widens your child’s area of interests. He or she is introduced to new things, sometimes interesting, sometimes challenging. Mastering a new art form or a new skill increases the child’s self-esteem. It also allows you to introduce your child to new career options. A child attending a music class may decide that she likes it so much that she wants to make a career out of it in the long run.” (Child Development Institute)

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Topics: Childcare, afterschool programs

No Toddler Fight Clubs Here at Horizon Education Center!

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Oct 29, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

According to one news article, an Ohio daycare center is coming under fire because of an incident involving two fighting toddlers. The fight was captured on video by the adults who were supposed to be in charge of them, and according to footage from the camera in the classroom, no effort was made to stop the confrontation.

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Topics: Childcare, child safety, toddler care, day care center

Summer Sun Care Tips for your Child

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Aug 27, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

While your child squirms and fidgets, you slather him with sunscreen before going outdoors. The struggle is worthwhile. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, one nasty sunburn in childhood doubles your risk of developing serious skin cancer later in life. Unfortunately, your sunscreen may not be providing as much protection as you think and may not be safe for your child.

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Topics: Childcare, summer activities, sun care tips

What to Ask Your Childcare Provider about Emergency Preparedness

Posted by David Smith on Mon, Aug 04, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

When choosing a child care center for your child, safety is a top priority. In Ohio licensed child care facilities like Horizon Education Centers in Lorain County are required to develop and post emergency preparedness plans that addresses general, medical and dental, fire and weather emergencies.

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Topics: safety tips, Childcare, horizon childcare center, emergency, childcare provider

Teaching Your Child to Share

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Apr 09, 2014 @ 11:19 AM

Sharing is a learned behavior. Toddlers do not share naturally. They are not greedy or selfish; they are simply acting their age. A child’s world is ego-centric and immediate and each item in their world is supremely important to them.

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Topics: child behavior, Childcare, child development, behavior, sharing

Teaching Toddlers to Respect Authority

Posted by David Smith on Mon, Apr 07, 2014 @ 11:19 AM

Teaching your child to respect authority is an important life skill that begins at home in the early toddler years with children learning to respect their parents. Talking back, arguing, issuing orders and playing parents against each other may seem cute or funny when your child is one or two but can quickly become annoying and obnoxious as your child moves into the preschool years. Teaching your child to respect authority will enable him to develop successful relationships with teachers, coaches and scout leaders as he grows up and prepare him for successful interactions with future employers, police offices and other authority figures.

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Topics: child behavior, Childcare, behavior, authority, respect

Teaching Your Children to Have Fun with Math at Home

Posted by David Smith on Fri, Apr 04, 2014 @ 11:19 AM

Helping your child develop basic math concepts at an early age is as important as reading in preparing your toddler or preschooler for future academic success (see our previous post). Opportunities to teach and practice math skills abound in daily activities. Young children love to measure, count, sort and problem-solve -- the four basic building blocks of math. Incorporating these activities into your child’s everyday life will help him or her build a strong foundation for higher level math concepts and, just as important, discover that math can be fun!

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Topics: Childcare, child development, child activities, academic standards

Healthy Fast Food for Toddlers

Posted by David Smith on Fri, Mar 28, 2014 @ 10:50 AM

Good nutrition is vital for growing toddlers. It's a priority for you when preparing snacks and meals at home. However, with the realities of your busy schedule it's inevitable that at some point you'll have to feed your child on the run. Fortunately, many restaurants are now offering better options so that you don't have to completely sacrifice quality for convenience.

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Topics: Childcare, healthcare, healthy, healthy eats, health

Light Is Key to Setting Your Toddler’s Sleep Clock

Posted by David Smith on Fri, Mar 21, 2014 @ 10:50 AM

Just because it’s time for lights out doesn’t always mean your toddler is sleepy. When bedtime and your child’s body clock don’t match up, parents may find their evening interrupted by a seemingly endless list of complaints and requests until their child’s need for sleep kicks in. That the problem is greatest during longer summer days is no surprise to researchers who have found that light has a pronounced effect on the body’s sleep and wake cycles.

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Topics: Childcare, healthcare, healthy child, sleep



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