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4 Benefits of Imaginative Play for Young Children

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Oct 18, 2017 @ 08:00 AM

Have you ever seen a young child open a larger present — and then toss the gift aside to play inside the box? The box may become a race car or spaceship, or something else entirely. No matter the specifics, that child is engaging in imaginative play, and the process of pretending is both essential and more complex than it may look on the surface.

Here are four benefits of imaginative play.

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Topics: children, indoor play

Best Places to Visit with Children in Cleveland

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Mar 18, 2015 @ 10:00 AM

But, Mom (or Dad, or Grandma, or Grandpa) . . . there’s nothing to do!!!

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Topics: children, child activities, Cleveland

Tips on Preparing Children for the Transition to Middle School

Posted by David Smith on Fri, Dec 26, 2014 @ 09:30 AM

Concerned about your tween’s transition to middle school? From the scary to the fun, help your adolescent avoid common pitfalls with these tips:

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Topics: children, middle school, middle school tips

How to Teach Children Good Hand Washing Hygiene in Flu Season

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Dec 03, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Kids get into many different situations whether at school, home, or participating in programs. With this in mind, it's important they understand the importance of keeping their hands clean.

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Topics: children, flu, healthy child

Should My Children Under 10 Get a Flu Shot?

Posted by David Smith on Tue, Dec 02, 2014 @ 09:45 AM

There are three types of viruses that cause influenza, the A and B types cause the yearly outbreaks that we are accustomed to hearing about via the news; there is also a type C virus is that is responsible for mild illnesses.

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Topics: children, flu, healthy child

Fast and Fun After School Snacks for Your Child

Posted by David Smith on Fri, Nov 14, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Children need an energy boost when the school day ends. The trick is to find after-school snacks that meet your kids’ desire for something tasty and fun while providing the healthy nutrition you know they need. Keeping tasty and nutritious snacks on hand so they’re instantly available will help keep you and your kids from reaching for empty calorie chips and sweets to tame the after-school munchies.

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Topics: children, horizon education centers, healthy eats

Get Children Involved in Community Service to Build Empathy

Posted by David Smith on Mon, Nov 03, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Kids of all ages are inquisitive, creative, curious, and like to explore new avenues of adventure. Whether it's a toddler figuring out how a new toy operates or middle schoolers looking for interesting ways to be active, it all boils down to one thing; a need to be involved.

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Topics: children, afterschool programs, learning centers, tween

Teaching Your Children to Not Overshare on Social Networks

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Oct 22, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Your tween may have a hard time knowing the difference between interacting with friends on social media and sharing too much publicly. Here’s advice for talking to your child about using technology and social networks appropriately:

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Topics: children, digital age, technology, tech tips

When Should You Get Your Child a Smartphone?

Posted by David Smith on Fri, Oct 17, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Today's world of technology-driven gadgets begs the question, what is the appropriate age for a child to get their first smartphone?

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Topics: children, technology, tech tips

5 Tips on Instituting Chore Lists for Children

Posted by David Smith on Mon, Oct 13, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Chores are a time-honored way to teach children to be responsible, helpful and self-sufficient. Chore lists and sticker charts work with young children who take pride in earning checks, stars or stickers for completed chores.

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Topics: children, parenting, parenting tips

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