Lightbridge Academy President and COO Gigi Schweikert has tips for making back-to-school season a little bit easier for both parents and their children.
Heading back to school can be a stressful time of year for both children and their parents. This is why, at Lightbridge Academy, the brand’s entire system of child care centers are eager to put their renowned “Circle of Care” philosophy to work.
Lightbridge Academy’s unique philosophy takes into consideration the needs of parents, staff, the local community and owners in order to create a supportive and nurturing education environment for every child. And according to Gigi Schweikert, the President and Chief Operating Officer at Lightbridge Academy, that philosophy becomes especially important as children head back to school—a time of year that’s notoriously difficult, nerve-wracking and overwhelming. In fact, a 2015 survey on Care.com revealed that 55% of parents say the back-to-school season is stressful, and another 30% feel anxious about it.
Why? The early and rigid schedules, juggling grownup work with a child’s school work, finding after-school care and dealing with plans falling through—to name just a few reasons. It’s a lot to handle. Known as The Solution for Working Parent’s™, Lightbridge Academy offers support and resources to help to make the transition to back-to-school a little easier.
“At Lightbridge Academy, we’re always asking ourselves what we can do to make life easier for children and their parents—what can be done to help them feel more comfortable in their day? If a child has a difficult time transitioning into a new school or classroom, it causes parents more stress. In turn, this flows over to their work day. Step back as you enter into a new school year and consider what kind of positive routines you can introduce to make this transition as easy as possible,” Schweikert said.
Schweikert--who, in addition to working at Lightbridge Academy, is a best-selling author and keynote speaker--recommends that parents portray a positive attitude about learning and school to their children at all times.
“As a parent, it’s so important to engage in positive conversations with your children about their school. Say good things about the school they’re attending, say you can’t wait to meet their teachers or their friends and let them know you’re excited about their learning experience,” Schweikert said. “This way you’re encouraging your kids and it reinforces positivity. It shows that you’re supportive. And at the end of the day, that’ll help to make your kids feel a little more at ease.”
It’s also important that parents take the time to learn about their children’s day. And in return, Schweikert believes that will promote a better sense of calm for the parents, too. One of the many offerings that make Lightbridge Academy unique is its ParentViewâ Internet Monitoring System. This made Lightbridge Academy the pioneer in giving parents a live stream of their child in the classroom. The brand also provides parents with an eCommunication app that allows teachers to communicate with parents throughout the day by sharing pictures and videos and logging children’s milestones into an online portfolio. Those are just a few of the tools Lightbridge Academy uses to form a stronger home/school connection and build trust with the enrolled in the centers.
“Shouldn’t a child care center care for the parents, too? A family is composed of adults and the children. As The Solution for Working Parent’s™, we believe that it’s equally as important to reassure them that their children are well cared for so parents can feel OK leaving for work and not feel guilty,” Schweikert said. “The more positive we can be as parents, the less anxious and more successful our kids will be. That’s what drives Lightbridge Academy every single day.”