Parents' Corner

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 VeryWellFamily.com offers a series of general benchmarks by age.

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Topics: Child Development, Toddler Care

Giving 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.” (Fathers.com)

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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

Toddler Developmental Stages Keep Parents on Their Toes

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

Children can seem to race through their toddler years, and the speed of their growth and skill development between 18 and 36 months can leave parents panting to keep up.

Overall, toddlers learn by playing and need both structured and unstructured play to learn, practice and master new skills. The mastery of each new skill allows the child to progress to the next level of development, going through a number of developmental stages on their way to becoming accomplished 4-year-old children.

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Topics: Toddler Care

The Importance of Play in Your Toddler’s Development

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Sep 30, 2020 @ 07:15 PM

When your child is at child care, it may look like he’s just playing; but he’s actually hard at work. Toddlers learn by playing. Play helps your toddler develop the muscle control, balance and coordination necessary to master gross motor skills like running and pedaling a tricycle. Play also helps your toddler hone the fine motor skills he needs to feed and dress himself. Each new skill your toddler masters prepares him to take the next step in his physical development.

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Topics: Learning, Child Care, Toddler Care

How to Prepare Your Toddler for the First Day of Child Care

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Aug 26, 2020 @ 05:00 PM

Learning is an adventure and a journey we begin the first time we become aware of our surroundings.

According to The Ounce of Prevention Fund, the first three years of a child’s life is especially important as a way to predict future successes — in school and in life. More specifically, they note how “Early experiences that are language-rich and nurturing promote healthy brain development. So finding a high-quality early learning setting is essential for parents who work and seek child care.”

Here are tips to help prepare your toddler for their big day: that first day of child care.

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Topics: Toddler Care

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