Parents' Corner

Five Ways to Create Family Time Nights

Posted by David Smith on Mon, Jul 14, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

The family bonds that you create while your children are young provide a sturdy foundation for weathering the more turbulent middle school and teen years. Setting aside a special night when the family can come together to participate in shared activities can strengthen family bonds, reinforce mutual respect and encourage open parent-child communication -- all things that will help you and your child maintain your bond as your child becomes more independent.

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Topics: Learning, Family Time

The Importance of Family Time for Middle Schoolers

Posted by David Smith on Fri, Jul 11, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

Entry into middle school and the beginning of adolescence is a time of growth and change that is both exciting and worrisome – for parents and their children. As your children venture beyond the family group and begin spending more time with friends and meeting new people at summer camp and other activities, they are exposed to new ideas, values and behaviors that may be quite different than those practiced in your own home.

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Topics: Child Behavior, Family Time, Afterschool

Tips for Helping Children Adjust to a New Baby

Posted by David Smith on Fri, May 16, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

Bringing home a new baby is an exciting and joyous event for parents but can generate mixed emotions and uncertainty in older siblings. It is not unusual for children to worry that they are being replaced or that their parents no longer love them. The attention lavished on a new baby by parents, grandparents and visitors can make siblings feel even further pushed aside.

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

Dealing with Sibling Rivalry

Posted by David Smith on Wed, May 07, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

Don’t believe everything you see in advertisements and on TV shows … those always-smiling, never-arguing children simply don’t exist. From squabbles during family time to fights over toys at daycare, siblings are their own best friends and biggest opponents.

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Topics: Child Development, Learning, Family Time

How to Handle Sibling Rivalry

Posted by David Smith on Fri, Mar 07, 2014 @ 03:02 PM

Sibling rivalry seems to be an unavoidable part of growing up that can try a parent’s patience. Learning to get along with siblings requires a set of social skills that must be taught. Parents can help their children by teaching them how to handle conflict, negotiate and resolve differences; but it is an ongoing process.

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Topics: Child Behavior, Horizon Education Center, Learning, Family Time

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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