Parents' Corner

What to Do When Your Toddler Says "No" To Everything

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Jan 25, 2023 @ 09:00 AM

Constant streams of “no” from their children can really frustrate parents. Fortunately, Today’s Parent offers reassurance, describing this as a very natural developmental phase for toddlers (although sometimes a pretty dramatic one!) As one family psychologist describes it, it can be a “developmental powder keg.” 

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Topics: Child Behavior, Toddler Care

If You Have a Toddler, School is an Option for Them

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Dec 21, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

Although this might, at first, sound too young of an age to start school—and for some children, it will be—some toddlers are ready to take advantage of all the benefits that school can provide.

It’s more about your child’s readiness for the experience than their actual age.

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Topics: Toddler Care, Back-to-School Tips

Toddler Skills: Helping Kids Learn to Help Themselves

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Dec 14, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

From the time a baby is born, shares, they’re on their journey towards independence. This is a necessary process and, as parents, we can recognize it as a positive one. That said, it can take plenty of patience as tasks that young children undertake to take more time and often become quite messy. It’s easy, then, to just want to keep doing things for your toddlers.

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Topics: Toddler Care, Parenting Tips

What Should You Put in Your Child's Busy Bag?

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Sep 28, 2022 @ 09:00 AM

If this term is new to you, busy bags contain age-appropriate activities that a toddler or preschooler can enjoy on the go. (That said, there’s nothing wrong with creating one for an elementary school child!) 

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Topics: Learning, Toddler Care

Activities That Help Young Children Develop Gross Motor Skills

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, May 04, 2022 @ 06:00 AM

Gross motor movements involve the use of large groups of muscles to help children walk, run, jump, skip, kick, and more. As children develop, they should become more adept in movements that rely upon gross motor skills—and offers a series of general benchmarks by age.

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Topics: Child Development, Toddler Care

Why It's Important to Give Children the Time They Need

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jan 12, 2022 @ 06:30 PM

“One-on-one time lets kids know they are very important. Your kids know your calendar is jammed, and they also know how you choose to spend your free time. If you carve out regular time with them—just the two of you—that makes a big statement, and tells them they are a priority to you.” (

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Topics: Toddler Care

Holiday Travel Tips for Toddlers

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Dec 01, 2021 @ 06:45 PM

The advent of COVID-19 has increased the number of preparation steps for parents to ensure a safe, enjoyable trip over the holidays. Fortunately, we’ve collected plenty of tips from experts to streamline the process.

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Topics: Toddler Care

Helping Your Toddler Deal With Their Fears

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Nov 10, 2021 @ 06:00 PM

The emotion of fear in toddlers can play a useful role in helping them to be cautious, especially in situations that are new or different. The presence of fear in toddlers can be a sign that their brains are developing as they should, able to alert them to danger.

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Topics: Toddler Care

Horizon Families: Join Us for Family Nights In September!

Posted by David Smith on Mon, Aug 30, 2021 @ 06:15 PM

One of the best ways for you and your child to connect with Horizon Education Centers is by attending Family Night.

Family nights are designed to not only provide you with the opportunity to meet your child’s teacher, but it also gives you the chance to see what your child's daily routine will be like, meet your child's friends and more.

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Topics: Child Care, Preschool, Toddler Care

Taming Temper Tantrums

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Jun 09, 2021 @ 06:45 PM

“A temper tantrum is when a child has an unplanned outburst of anger and frustration. Tantrums can be physical, verbal or both. Your child may act out, be disruptive and generally display unpleasant behaviors. Usually, they’re acting like this because they want or need something they can’t express with words.” (Cleveland Clinic)

Some kids have temper tantrums as toddlers but then outgrow them. Other children can still struggle to manage their frustrations beyond those years — and then there is a percentage of children who seldom seem to lose their cool.

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Topics: Toddler Care



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