The Benefits of After School Care

After school programs are critical for working parents. Many Brightside Academy families have inconsistent work hours and rely on our after-school program to maintain their work schedule. Parents without after-school care may experience stress, distraction, and lower work productivity.

According to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Juvenile Delinquency Prevention, 80% of parents agree that their children develop stronger social skills while attending an after-school program. Studies show that there continues to be an unmet demand for after-school programs.

Brightside Academy is committed to solving the problem by providing after-school programs at most of our academies. Additionally, some of our locations provide transportation from local schools to the academy. Approximately 28.9% of parents surveyed stated that their child developed stronger social skills as a result of Brightside Academy’s after school programs and 28.2% felt like our programs had a positive impact on their child’s behavior.

Our goal is to provide a safe and enriching environment for children while also providing parents with reliable care during working hours. Not only do after school programs make a substantial impact on the well-being of children and parents, but they also save tax dollars. Every $1 spent in an after-school program saves $9 because these programs have proven to reduce crime and welfare costs. They also improve children’s performance in school, thereby increasing their earning potential as an adult.

Brightside Academy’s after school programs give children the opportunity to socialize with children from other schools. In some instances, the school districts have multiple elementary schools that combine once the children enter middle school. Children in our after-school program are already acquainted with their peers, making the transition to middle school easier.

The after school children also receive homework assistance and one on-one time with a teacher. These children have the opportunity to complete their school work and continue learning after the school bell rings. Brightside Academy’s after-school program also includes projects to empower creative thinking and hands-on learning.

After school programs offer learning opportunities and activities for children to advance their educational and extracurricular experiences. These programs support working parents and give them peace of mind while at work. Brightside Academy is proud to provide enriching after-school programs to prepare children for academic and personal success.

Tips to Help Overcome Bed Wetting

Bedwetting can be frustrating for everyone involved. Parents and guardians struggle to find a solution to help their child while having to deal with soiled clothes, sheets and mattresses, and sometimes even teasing siblings. Your child can also experience shame if the situation isn’t dealt with compassionately and objectively. Fortunately, there are some Dos and Don’ts that can help you and your child overcome this issue.

Do:

1.) Approach the situation empathetically. Understanding that this is embarrassing for your child will help you when talking about it. Referring to it as an “accident” can help them understand that it’s not always their fault. Assure them that many others experience the same thing, and it’s nothing to be ashamed of.

2.) Be patient. Correcting this behavior can take a long time. Remembering to keep cool in times of distress is so important. Each time it happens, though it’s frustrating, try to remain calm.

3.) Reduce drink intake before bed. Cut your child off from water one hour before bed, and encourage them to go to the bathroom right before they lay down. For extra protection, you can set an alarm halfway through the night so that they can get up and go again.

4.) Make clean up easy: Applying Waterproof sheet liners can make sure that your child’s mattress is safe. This greatly reduces clean-up time and staining. 5.) Encourage accountability. Rather than yelling, encourage your child to help with cleanup. This holds them accountable in a way, without making them feel self-conscious about their mistake.

Don’t:

1.) Get visibly upset. Being overactive in a situation of confusion for your child can greatly hurt their self-esteem.

2.) Allow siblings to tease. Talk with them about being a supportive friend for their brother or sister instead. Also, refrain from comparing your child’s issue with other siblings that don’t.

3.) Ignore the problem. If bedwetting doesn’t seem to have a resolution in sight, don’t chalk it up to a bad habit. Sometimes there are underlying conditions that can cause the problem. If bedwetting continues, see a pediatrician to make sure it’s not a health problem.

So many children experience this little roadblock. If you remember to be patient and supportive in this situation, you’ll both come out on the other side feeling accomplished. Soon you’ll both be able to sleep soundly knowing there are no accidents to clean up in the morning.