Parents' Corner

Cell Phones for Kids: When Are They Appropriate?

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Feb 15, 2023 @ 09:00 AM

When it comes to cell phones for kids, there's a lot that goes into the decision. And for parents, the pressure to get one for their young ones grows with every passing day. The kid and cell phone connection is here to stay, but what's a parent supposed to do?

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Topics: Safety Tips, Child Behavior, Tech Tips, Parenting Tips

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, Child Care

How to Keep Your Child Safe During the Summer

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jun 28, 2017 @ 08:30 AM

Summertime can be children’s favorite time of the year, with fun outdoor activities ready to enjoy. This season also poses risks, however, so it’s important to be aware of them to help keep your child safe during the summer.

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Topics: Safety Tips, Skill Building

6 Car Safety Tips for Kids

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jun 21, 2017 @ 08:30 AM provides an in-depth article, updated in February 2017, about how to keep your children safe while riding in a car. These are based on American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommendations and provide the substance of our six car safety tips, along with information from

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Topics: Safety Tips

Summer Hydration Tips for Children

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jul 06, 2016 @ 08:00 AM

Summer is the ideal play-outside season for preschoolers and other children. The weather is typically good, they don’t need to bundle up in snowsuits and boots, and there isn’t homework to worry about. Kids can play hard all day, take a cool bath and then tumble into bed for a good night’s sleep.

A word of caution: Because a child’s body surface area is much greater than an adult’s in proportion to his or her overall weight, dehydration is a great risk. What are risk factors for dehydration? “Prolonged exposure to high temperatures, direct sun and high humidity, without sufficient rest and fluids,” according to WebMD.

And, although we can’t control the temperature or humidity, there are plenty of fun ways to keep your young child hydrated. Here are just a few ideas.

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Topics: Safety Tips

Summer Safety Tips for Your Child

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jul 01, 2015 @ 08:30 AM

Because of the beautiful sunny weather, children often spend more time outdoors in the summertime – a perfect time to ride bikes, run races, play hide and seek and more. There are, however, precautions that you should take to help your child have a safe and enjoyable summer. 

One important tip is to make sure your child drinks enough water. Here are more important tips:

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Topics: Safety Tips, Summer Camp

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: Safety Tips, Child Care, Toddler Care

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, Horizon Education Center, Child Care

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

Teaching Your Children When to Call 9-1-1

Posted by David Smith on Fri, Feb 21, 2014 @ 07:52 AM

From Toddler Care to Afterschool Programs, Horizon Education Centers partner with parents to equip children with the academic and social skills they need to manage life on a daily basis and possibly even in an emergency.

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Topics: Safety Tips, Child Behavior, Activities for Children, Child Care



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