Parents' Corner

Have a New Year’s Eve Celebration, Family-Style

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Dec 28, 2016 @ 08:30 AM

If you’re looking for fun ways to stay home and enjoy New Year’s Eve with your young children, PBS offers plenty of creative ideas. One of them is to celebrate the Noon Year, rather than the New Year (and this idea would allow you to celebrate as a family and, if you so choose, to then attend an adult-only party later on). Noon Year parties can take place at noon on December 31, with sparkling juice toasts. Children can make signs with numbers from zero to 10 and then hold up the appropriate signs as you count down together from 10 to zero — and then shout “Happy Noon Year!”

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Topics: Travel Tips

Decorating for the Holidays as a Family

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Dec 21, 2016 @ 08:30 AM

If your family decorates for the holiday season, your children will most likely want to be part of the process. If so, then here are tips for child-friendly decorating from

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Topics: Travel Tips, Family Time

Sharing the Meaning of Labor Day with Your Children

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Aug 31, 2016 @ 08:00 AM

September 5 is Labor Day in 2016. Perhaps your children are old enough to be aware of that holiday, but may only know it’s an extra day off of work for their parents, or that it’s considered the last big weekend of summer. Here are fun ways to teach your children more about the meaning of Labor Day.

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Topics: Learning, Travel Tips

Fun Family Activities for the Holidays In and Around Lorain

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Nov 25, 2015 @ 09:30 AM

Quality, family-friendly activities ... either for free or at a very low cost. It just doesn’t get any better than that—and it’s all available at the Lorain County Metro Parks or in downtown Lorain.

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Topics: Activities for Children, Travel Tips

Managing Your Preschooler’s Holiday Expectations

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Nov 11, 2015 @ 06:30 AM

By now, stores are filling up with Christmas decorations, pumping in holiday music and stocking shelves with toys sure to make your child’s eyes light up. It’s enough to make anyone eager for Christmas to arrive—and it’s even harder for young children to wait patiently.

If, though, you are frustrated by the commercialization of the holidays, you’re not alone. So here are tips on how to manage your preschooler’s holiday expectations and to put the focus where you believe it belongs.

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Topics: Travel Tips, Preschool

Tips to Keep Kids Happy While Traveling by Plane

Posted by David Smith on Mon, Jun 02, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

A summer vacation at the beach or a trip to see the grandparents sound wonderful; it’s the getting there that can leach all the fun out of a summer trip. Traveling with toddlers or preschoolers is no picnic. Your children may be excited about traveling on a plane, but the reality – standing in long TSA lines, muscling kids and gear through busy concourses, waiting out flight delays at crowded airline gates and keeping active children confined and quiet once you shoehorn your family into their seats – can be one giant headache for parents.

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Topics: Travel Tips, Toddler Care

5 Things to Keep Your Toddler Busy in the Car

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Feb 05, 2014 @ 11:34 AM

No one ever claimed that traveling with toddlers was easy, but even a long car ride can be less painful if you are prepared with some kid-proven distractions.

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Topics: Child Behavior, Child Development, Child Benefits, Travel Tips, Toddler Care

Visiting Grandma and Grandpa for the Holidays with your Toddler

Posted by David Smith on Mon, Dec 30, 2013 @ 08:13 AM

Family time is precious any time of year, but there’s something about the holiday season that makes it take on a special meaning. Visiting Grandma and Grandpa for the holidays, whether that means travel to their home or a visit to yours, will go smoother if everyone understands what’s expected of them.

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Topics: Travel Tips, Toddler Care

5 Holiday Travel Tips for Toddlers

Posted by David Smith on Mon, Dec 23, 2013 @ 11:00 AM

Few toddlers are born knowing how to handle holiday travel. Time and experience will help develop a better traveler, but you can start the early learning process now.

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Topics: Travel Tips, Toddler Care

Horizon Education Center: Guide to Surviving Family Road Trips

Posted by David Smith on Sat, Jul 21, 2012 @ 09:33 AM

Road trips are an American rite of summer, but keeping everyone smiling and happy when orange construction cones slow your progress to a crawl requires a special bag of tricks. Use these tips to ensure peace in the back seat and a pleasant trip for the whole family:

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Topics: Child Care, Summer Camp, Travel Tips



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