Ages & Stages

Ages & Stages

Your Little Artist: Encouraging Creativity through Play

The sky’s the limit when it comes to kids’ creativity. Imaginative or pretend play is important for young kids, because it encourages inventiveness, originality, and learning. Create a play environment that sparks creativity in your home. ...
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How to Tackle Picky Eating

If your child is frequently leaving food on their plate, or refusing to take a bite of the meal you whipped up hoping they would chow down, it’s likely you’ve entered the ‘picky eater’ phase. A Cleveland Clinic pediatrician shares advice for getting your child to widen their choices when it comes to meal time. ...
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Helping Kids Cope With Bullies

Bullies come in all shapes and sizes. Some kids bully by shunning others and spreading rumors about them, using social media platforms or electronic messaging to taunt others or hurt their feelings. Most bullying takes place on the school bus and the playground. Parents can help children with these simple values on how to deal with a bully and their antics. ...
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The Importance of Knowing Sign Language for Everyone

American Sign Language, or ASL, is a visual language that is expressed by movements and motions of the hands. Maria O’Neil Ruddock and Sandra Hatibovic of the Community Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing at the Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center explain the significance of ASL and how to formulate a discussion around ASL with your children. ...
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Indoor Play Places in Northeast Ohio

While the greater Cleveland/Akron area offers plenty in the way of outdoor winter fun, sometimes the temperatures are too frigid for young children. Get your kids out of the house for an indoor adventure at one of the many family-friendly play centers in the region. You're sure to find one close by with our extensive list. ...
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Enjoying the Season with Your Littlest One

Having a baby close to the holidays transforms the season from merely festive to utterly unforgettable. Sure, it can be exhausting and overwhelming. But it comes with built-in advantages. For parents with a new baby, here’s how to make the most of this special season. ...
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Simple Bedroom Fixes to Improve Your Child’s Sleep

Happily, sleep science can help you create a bedroom that’s a sanctuary for sleep. These simple bedroom fixes could put your child’s sleep troubles to rest. Take a few minutes to improve your child’s sleeping space. ...
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Navigating Toddler Sleep Transitions

Just when you have your child's sleep routine down, you realize it's time for the big kid bed. This can happen without much notice. Here are some ways to make a smooth transition for a better night's rest for you and your child. ...
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Corn mazes near me

Northeast Ohio Fall Fun: Corn Mazes

Seasonal family fun in the greater Cleveland/Akron area during the fall includes one essential experience: trekking through a corn maze. Whether your family wants the challenge of a labyrinth spanning several acres or a smaller maze that's stroller-friendly, find the right autumn adventure here. ...
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Every Parent Deserves a Solo Staycation

As I write this, I have been alone in my house for the past three days and it has been glorious.

How does a mother of three young children get

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