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Thumbs up: Event shares vital strategies for kids

Feb. 08, 2014 @ 12:00 AM

An event that has become an annual staple in Huntington took place last Saturday, offering children and their parents a wide range of information about giving kids a good start in life.

Hundreds of families turned out for the 14th annual Super Kids, Super Families, Super Saturday at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena, an event headed up by the United Way of the River Cities' Success by 6 initiative and supported by various partner organizations.

Super Saturday is focused on exposing children and their parents to educational activities, information and services aimed at helping youngsters develop their brains and learning skills in supportive home and community environments. Taking part were dozens of groups involved in various aspects of promoting children's well-being or offering services that are in line with the goals of Success by 6.

Success by 6's main objective is to help families have their children physically, emotionally, socially and developmentally ready to succeed in kindergarten. It works with organizations throughout the community to spread its message, which includes a dozen key tips for raising a healthy child.

Those range from communicating effectively with children and providing a warm, loving environment to ensuring a regular schedule and using discipline as an opportunity to teach appropriate behavior. Besides helping prepare kids to succeed in school, these guidelines should result in homes free of neglect and abuse.

Educators have increasingly focused on the importance of helping children develop their mental acuity and brains at an early age, and such events as Super Kids, Super Families, Super Saturday help convey that message to parents and their children. To learn more about what you can do to help your children, go to the website at www.successby6online.org.

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