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Get Children’s Toys on Loan

If you're looking for toys and resources for kids, consider United Disability Services in Akron. Its Toy and Resource Center loans developmental toys and resource materials to anyone working with a child birth to age 6 with special needs or a child developing typically. ...
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2016 Editions Ages & Stages Featured Magazine November 2016 Parenting Worth Noting

How to Balance Your Child’s Daily Screen Time

While the constant glow of the screen might be harmful, in moderation, kids are engaging in skills they could use for the future. Parents can provide a variety of opportunities for play to help children use their minds in different ways. ...
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2017 Editions Ages & Stages Education Featured Magazine March 2017 Parenting

Homeschool Learning Adventures in Northeast Ohio

Many area organizations offer educational experiences specifically tailored to homeschoolers and their families. Get outside the "classroom" and gain some hands-on learning at these Greater Cleveland events that are geared toward homeschool students. ...
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Therapy Group Aids Teens who Stutter

Stuttering is a communication disorder in which the flow of speech is broken by repetitions, prolongations or abnormal stoppages of sounds and syllables. Using individual sessions and group activities, Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center's FACEtime therapy program is specifically designed to help older children and young teens who stutter and want to communicate more fluently and confidently. ...
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Manage the Family Chaos with App

Find out how schedules can be communicated, activities coordinated, groceries will be bought and to-do lists get checked off — all with an app, which leaves you time for things you really want to do. ...
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Plan Your Family-Friendly Labor Day Weekend

Need something to do on the upcoming Labor Day weekend?
Here are some family-friendly events happening around the region.

LaborDay

Cleveland Oktoberfest at Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds
Aug. 29 through Sept. 1

This family-friendly event will host events for parents and children. Kids can participate in chalk art, wiener dog races, arts and crafts, trampoline bungee, bounce houses, hay rides, sand castle building, gingerbread house building and more!

Check out the details of the Cleveland Oktoberfest 

Cleveland National Air Show
Aug. 30 through Sept. 1

The Air Show is a Labor Day Weekend family tradition hosting a variety of interactive ground displays, educational exhibits, kid-friendly activities, planes and more. Fans can tour unique aircraft, help pack a parachute, get a picture with a pilot or just enjoy the day-long festival of flying, food and outdoor fun.

Check out the details of the Cleveland National Air Show

Family FunFest at Blossom Music Center
Aug. 30

Bring the kids and share the magical experience of Blossom and live symphonic music. A fun-filled concert featuring tunes from The Little Mermaid, The Wizard of Oz, Frozen, and more.

Check out the details of the Family FunFest at Blossom

Cleveland Pops Orchestra Concert — Super Heroes in Elyria
Aug. 30

This family-friendly, fun-filled evening will feature appearances and skits by live, fully-costumed Super Heroes from the nonprofit Super Heroes to Kids in Ohio. The Cleveland Pops Orchestra will incorporate the Super Heroes into their musical performance and there will be other kid-friendly surprises.

Check out the details of the Cleveland Pops Orchestra event

North Shore AFL-CIO Labor Day Festival in Brook Park
Aug. 30

The festival is free and open to the public. There will be a Kids Pavilion with entertainment by Jungle Bob, Balloon Bender Dave, Mary Carter Face Painting, tattoo artists, and Bounce House. Mom and Dad can also enjoy the various food and other vendors.

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Keep Your Kids Safe in the Car

Using a car seat (child safety seat) is the best protection you can give your child when traveling by car. Every state in the U.S. requires that an infant or small child be restrained. And with good reason — unintentional injury is the leading cause of death in children, and most such injuries are automobile crashes.

Child safety seats can substantially reduce the risk of a potentially fatal injury, especially for babies but also for toddlers. Yet many safety seats are used incorrectly. When choosing any car seat, following some general guidelines will help ensure a child’s safety. The best car seat is not always the most expensive one — it’s the one that best fits a child’s weight, size, and age, as well as your vehicle.

Once you select a seat, be sure to try it out, keeping in mind that store displays and illustrations might not show the correct usage. It’s up to you to learn how to install a car safety seat properly and harness your child for the ride.

If you need help installing your safety seat or would like a technician to check whether you’ve installed it properly, the federal government has set up child car seat inspection stations across the country. Also, many local health departments, public safety groups, hospitals, law enforcement agencies, and fire departments have technicians or fitting stations to assist parents. (If you go to one of these locations, be sure to ask for a certified child passenger safety technician to assist you.)

Guidelines for Choosing Car Seats
Choose a seat with a label that states that it meets or exceeds Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 213.
Accept a used seat with caution. Never use a seat that’s more than 6 years old or one that was in a crash (even if it looks OK, it could be structurally unsound).

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Parent Tip of the Week: Last-Minute Halloween Costumes

Halloween is coming up quick and you’ve managed to forget to buy a costume for yourself? Or worse, your kids? Don't worry, we've got you covered as we found some creative ideas to help get you started. ...
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