Parents' Corner

Tips for Ditching the Sippy Cup

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Mar 09, 2022 @ 08:30 AM

You may appreciate the convenience of a sippy cup, what parent doesn’t? You don’t want your toddler to have a bottle anymore, but you don’t want leaks and spills all over your home, either.. So, is it important to transition to an open cup? Yes—and here are two key reasons. 

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Topics: Parenting Tips

Bringing Winter Indoors for Your Preschooler

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Feb 02, 2022 @ 08:00 AM

Before we talk about indoor preschooler activities, here’s a quick overview of the benefits of playing outdoors during the winter. From building snow people to riding on sleds and making snow angels, outdoor activities in the chilliest months can, according to

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Topics: Child Care, Preschool, Family Time, Parenting Tips

Preschoolers and Swearing: Tips and Strategies

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Sep 02, 2015 @ 08:30 AM

As your child’s social circle increases, so will his or her exposure to words and phrases that you find inappropriate. And, remember that your child is in an intense learning stage of life – so when he or she discovers that certain words get other people to react, this is fascinating! What power he or she wields!

So, what do you do?

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Topics: Learning, Preschool, Parenting 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: Child Behavior, Parenting Tips

Three Tips to Rearing Amazing Children

Posted by David Smith on Fri, Oct 03, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

Here at Horizon Education Centers, parents always ask us for parenting tips to ensure they're doing the best they can. We'd like to offer you a few of those tips today that will help you in raising your amazing kid.

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Topics: Child Behavior, Learning, Parenting Tips

Tech Tips for Parents of Toddlers

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

There has been a significant increase in the number of portable electronic devices in the average household. It only stands to reason that our children are becoming tech savvy at a very young age, either by watching parents create smart phone pictures and videos documenting their lives or being introduced to portable tablets offering brightly colored, interactive diversions. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) cautions against the overuse of television and media and recommends that it be avoided for infants and toddlers under two. Researchers and early learning educators are finding, however, that with positive guidance and age-appropriate applications, tech play can be both encouraging and educational.

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Topics: Toddler Care, Tech Tips, Parenting Tips

Two Children Under Two? Preserve Precious Sanity with these Tips

Posted by David Smith on Fri, Sep 05, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

Having two children under two poses unique challenges. While it’s not possible to keep everyone happy all the time, these tips can help you make the most out of shared childcare time.

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Topics: Toddler Care, Parenting Tips

A Divide in Ohio Education Exists: Early Childhood Education Can Help

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

Over the past half century we have come a long way in bridging the racial divide in our country, but a disturbing new education report shows that we still have a long way to go. A national study has revealed huge gaps in reading and math achievement between white and black students in many regions of the country and in all of Ohio’s major cities.

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Topics: Skill Building, Horizon Education Center, Learning, Parenting Tips

Become a Parent Mentor to Your Tween

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jul 09, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

As your child moves into his middle school years, life becomes more confusing as your child takes his first baby steps toward adulthood. It is during these tween years that parents find their role expanding into a new dimension, that of mentor. Tweens still need parents to provide the rules, limits, expectations and consequences that keep them safe and form the foundation for successful life. But they also need to be encouraged to think for themselves, make their own decisions and accept the consequences of those decisions.

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Topics: Parenting Tips, Afterschool

Horizon Education Center on Setting Expectations for Grandparents

Posted by David Smith on Sat, Jun 01, 2013 @ 08:13 AM

Your child may know the rules at home, at school, and at day care…but does it seem like all of the rules fly out of the window when your child returns home from a visit with his or her grandparents? How can you talk to your parents (or in-laws) about your parenting expectations without upsetting them? In "6 Tips for Setting Boundaries with Grandparents," explained:

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Topics: Learning, Parenting Tips



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