Parents' Corner

5 Tips to Helping Picky Eaters Learn to Try New Foods

Posted by David Smith on Mon, Jul 28, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

Babies are culinary explorers willing to sample anything you put in their mouths. But babies that gobbled strained squash can turn into finicky eaters during their toddler years. Food likes and dislikes are common among children; but unless you want to eat hot dogs and spaghetti every night, you'll want to help your picky eater expand his culinary horizons.

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Topics: Child Nutrition, Horizon Education Center, Health Tips

Family Cooking: 5 Ways to Make Dinner Time, Family Time

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jul 16, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

Dinner is more than just a way to refuel your body. For your family, it's also nourishment for the soul. With everyone following his or her own busy schedule, dinner time is one of the few opportunities to gather together.

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Topics: Family Time, Health Tips

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: Child Nutrition, Child Care, Health Tips

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: Child Care, Health Tips, Sleep Tips

Tips to Help Your Toddler Prepare for Sleep

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Mar 19, 2014 @ 10:50 AM

Most toddlers require between 12 and 14 hours of sleep a day, according to the National Sleep Foundation; but that includes naptimes while your child is at Horizon’s toddler care program. If your child is napping once or twice a day while at childcare, he may need slightly less sleep at night. Parents will also find that toddlers sleep more during growth spurts. If you are concerned about your child’s bedtime sleep habits, your toddler’s teacher may be able to offer some helpful suggestions.

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Topics: Safety Tips, Horizon Education Center, Child Care, Health Tips, Sleep Tips

Easy To Prepare and Serve Snacks For The Car

Posted by David Smith on Mon, Mar 17, 2014 @ 10:50 AM

Busy schedules mean that you and your child are often in the car on the way to or from another obligation. On a more pleasant note, maybe you and the family are planning a vacation that will involve some significant road time. Small fry can have big appetites, so how do you keep them fed without falling into the fast-food trap?

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Topics: Child Development, Child Nutrition, Child Care, Health Tips

Horizon Afterschool Programs Focus on Individualized Instruction

Posted by David Smith on Mon, Mar 10, 2014 @ 10:48 AM

Every child is a unique individual. Children have different abilities and talents, respond best to different learning styles, and learn at different rates. Teachers in public school classrooms do what they can; but with 20 or more students, there is little time for the personal attention so many children need. Horizon’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers fill the gap, providing the one-on-one instruction and encouragement children need to thrive.

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Topics: Learning, Health Tips

How to Keep Your Family Healthy From Daycare Colds

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Mar 05, 2014 @ 03:02 PM

This winter's bitter temperatures are making kids particularly vulnerable to colds. If your child is in daycare, you already know how such illnesses can spread like wildfire in that environment. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to strengthen your child's immune system and create a greater resistance to illness.

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Topics: Skill Building, Learning, Toddler Care, Health Tips

Boosting Your Child's Immune System

Posted by David Smith on Mon, Mar 03, 2014 @ 01:39 PM

When cold weather strikes, it seems like kids and colds go hand in hand. Between their developing systems and their tendency to put any and all objects in their mouths, these young bodies provide a breeding ground for any germ that comes along.

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Topics: Learning, Toddler Care, Health Tips

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

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