Back To School Transition Tips

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I’m just going to say it. I do not transition well.

Do you? Do your kids?

Thankfully, I’m finding the more I force myself to transition – say, living in three states in three years – the easier it gets. I’m glad it’s getting easier, but it’s still no walk in the park.

Because I have this trait and I’m a parent, I tend to place some extra emphasis on my daughter’s transitions. I like to prep her and talk through any transition: potty training, leaving the house, preschool, turning the tv off, and changing clothes.

Overkill? Probably, but I’m okay with it for now. 🙂

Back to school time is upon us, and can be quite the doozy of a transition for parents and kiddos alike. If you have lazy, vacation-filled summers, it can be especially rough to bring back the schedule, routine, and studying. We’ve done some research, and found some pretty good tips for easing the pangs of back to school.

 

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Getting an early start is good for most transitions but especially ones that involve bed/wake-up time. This article has some great advice about bumping back bedtime 10 minutes each night until you’re back on “school schedule.” Likewise, she advises to wake the kiddos up 10 minutes earlier each morning to get ready for the early mornings.

 

Emotions

There can be lots of emotions surrounding back to school. Whether they’re mom’s tears about her baby starting preschool (my current season), or your middle school young man’s anxiety about transitioning to high school, the cardinal rule of emotions: talk about them. This article has great tips and tricks.

 

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Regardless of what kind of parent you are – working, stay at home, in school, anything in between – the thought of meals can be a stressful one. But, it doesn’t have to be! Check out our Pinterest board full of recipes and ideas for breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. Martha Steward recommends a lunch chart because kids may be more likely to eat and enjoy lunch if they help plan the menu. Personally, I purchased a meal planning service,and I am so glad I did. The one I use has options for breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. You can customize it to your family size and eating style – clean, classic, ALL CROCKPOT, and so many more. My favorite part about it is the grocery list feature. It makes my list for me based on what’s on the menu that week! Then I just add the toilet paper or shampoo we need. My husband says it’s one of the best things I ever talked him into. 🙂

 

Money

If you’re not careful, you can spend a small fortune on sending your kiddo back to school. From clothes to shoes to school supplies, it can get quite expensive and time consuming. Check out this HuffPost article for some money saving tips and tricks!

What about you? What stresses you about the back to school transition? What helps you deal? I’d love to hear!

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LCA SigAbout Lionheart: Lionheart Children’s Academy is a non-profit Christian organization committed to excellence in early childhood education. We are passionate about equipping kids to be world changers, and supporting working parents who need quality, affordable care and education for their children.

Our first center is located at Lake Arlington Baptist Church in South Arlington.

At Lionheart Children’s Academy, we place a priority on our relationships with not only our children, but also our parents. We invite you to visit us in person and take a tour of our facility. We’ll answer your questions and then walk you through the enrollment process. To schedule a tour, please call us at 817-768-6865 or click here to schedule online.

To read more about Lionheart Children’s Academy, visit our website.

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Lionheart Open House

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We are counting down the days until our first Lionheart Children’s Academy opens at Lake Arlington Baptist Church in Arlington, Texas. Last night we held an Open House/Meet the Teacher night, and we had such a great time meeting our newest students!

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The highlight, of course, was our giant Lion Bus that takes/picks up our before and after school program students (The Pride) to take them to club. We heard one little girl, going into kindergarten, who squealed with delight and said, “I’ve never BEEN on a BUS before!”

We definitely have the cutest kids at Lionheart, don’t you agree?2Our staff (pictured above) are busy readying their classrooms for the first day of the new year on August 25. It’s not too late to enroll your child, ages 6 weeks to 12 years, but spots are filling up quickly, so call today at 817-768-6865, or click here to schedule a tour.

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Bethe LCA SigAbout Lionheart: Lionheart Children’s Academy is a non-profit Christian organization committed to excellence in early childhood education. We are passionate about equipping kids to be world changers, and supporting working parents who need quality, affordable care and education for their children.

Our first center is located at Lake Arlington Baptist Church in South Arlington.

At Lionheart Children’s Academy, we place a priority on our relationships with not only our children, but also our parents. We invite you to visit us in person and take a tour of our facility. We’ll answer your questions and then walk you through the enrollment process. To schedule a tour, please call us at 817-768-6865 or click here to schedule online.

To read more about Lionheart Children’s Academy, visit our website.

13 Things new parents stress about that seem silly later

I’m so glad I’m not the only first-time mama who stresses over silly things! I remember my first night after we brought our daughter home from the hospital, and I cried to my husband, saying, “How will we EVER sleep AGAIN?” so dramatically after an hour of us constantly getting up to check the bassinet, five feet from our bed, to make sure she was still breathing.

(PS – I discovered the answer. EVERYTHING gets easier. And you get so tired, that you WILL sleep again. You know, between all the feedings.)

Now that I’ve got one year of parenting under my belt, I like to think that I’ve settled down a little (maybe?), but I decided to survey my fellow mom friends on Facebook to see what things THEY stressed about with their first child that, upon looking back at it, seem kind of silly.

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1. I stressed about the importance of a monthly photo during her first year, with the exact same backdrop and the perfect outfit. I managed to take that monthly photo on time maybe once or twice, but by the last few months, I would take her monthly photo the night before she turned a month older. And you know what – IT DIDN’T MATTER. I didn’t use those photos at her party, and I still have hundreds thousands of photos of her first year. –Me

2. With my firstborn, I made sure she took naps at the exact same time every day, and went to bed at the exact same time whether she was tired or not, because heaven forbid we get off a schedule – which led to a lot of rocking and walking and bouncing and screaming. Now with my boys, I’m much more relaxed on the schedule and put them down when they are ready to lay down. Everyone is much happier. –Jacquelyn, mom of 3

3. I thought for sure Kid #1 was an amazing eater due to me making 98 percent of his food, but I did the same thing for Kid #2, and she’s a horrible eater. I have to sneak veggies in her smoothies and food! Sorry to all of the moms I gave food advice to – I’m so embarassed now! –Jenny, mom of 2, with 1 more on the way.

4. Potty training. I was determined to have my first child potty trained by the age of 2, before her sisters arrived. Then with the twins, I didn’t even attempt potty training until they were 4 years old. They basically trained themselves. –Lindsay, mom of 5

5. I used to get so obsessed with what my daughter would wear to church, and how cute she looked, and that she was perfectly nice and neat. The bow all the way to the diaper cover HAD to match. Then the boys came along… I tried to continue that mindset, but inevitably they would get dirty on the way to the car headed to church! Now they are 10, 13, and 15, and I would just LOVE to have those days back! And I promise, how “perfect” they looked would not be an issue – they’re precious just the way they are! –Amanda, mom of 3

6. Nursing. I’m proud I nursed and will do it again with my second, but if I have to give a formula bottle on occasion, I will not cry from an insane amount with guilt. At least, I hope I won’t… – Sarah, mom of 1

7. C-Sections! I used to get jealous of all the mamas out there who were able to deliver the “natural” way. Even though I spent 20 hours in labor and pushed for two, I ended up needing a C-Section.  I felt like people judged me because I couldn’t have a baby the “real” way! The process was as smooth as butter the second time around – I picked the date, time, and was even rested, showered, and had on makeup. I’m way past caring what people think now! My third C-section is scheduled for August, and I’ll be pampered and ready this go-round too! –Christy, mom of 2, with a third on the way

8. I’m embarrassed to even say this. I was cleaning out and organizing pictures and videos today of my son when he was a baby. We had 50 videos of him practicing crawling, standing, walking, (insert milestone), with both of us in the background saying, “Come on! Come on! Come on!” I’m pretty sure I recorded him, you know, just in case today was the day. I was laughing so hard at myself – my son didn’t walk until after his first birthday. With my second child, I’m trying to get her to NOT do these things, and she’s doing them earlier. Go figure!  –Staci, mom of 2

9. I was always comparing my kids to others in regards to what words they knew. My girlfriend’s daughter knew every letter of the alphabet and could point to the letter if you said it. My daughter thought every letter was a “C” at one point. Looking back, they were all smart in their own way, and I shouldn’t have worried so much. Kids just pick up on certain skills sooner than others. -Stephanie, mom of 2, with #3 on the way.

10. Two words: Swim lessons. –Whitnae, mom of 1

11. Oh, I don’t even know what to say, except “poor Evie.” Expectations were so high for her, and she rose to Every. Single. One. Napping, speaking, potty training, reading, etc. And then the four boys came and drop-kicked all my standards and gentlemanly fantasies into the abyss of gross things. And then they did a victory dance. And then they farted. –Rebekah, mom to 5

12. My son was fast at everything… except learning his colors. I had myself completely convinced that he was color blind! I’m serious, I researched and grieved for months that he would never be able to see all the beautiful colors God made in the world. Then one day, he asked for a toy, and I said, “which one?” He said, “the red one.” Turns out, he’s not color blind, just stupendously stubborn to do things in his own time! –Marci, mom to 3

13. Professional baby photos. Child #1: every three months for two years. Child #2: every six months for two years. Child #3: once when he was four. –Jackie, mom to 3

Don’t you just love finding out that you’re not the only one? That all of us have at least a few “crazy mom” moments, whether you have one child or five? I guess I don’t feel quite as guilty for feeling a tiny pang of jealousy when I found out Prince George took his first steps before my daughter (she’s two weeks older than her future husband).

What about you? What silly thing did you fret over with your first? We’d love to hear about it in the comments below!

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Bethe LCA SigAbout Lionheart: Lionheart Children’s Academy is a non-profit Christian organization committed to excellence in early childhood education. We are passionate about equipping kids to be world changers, and supporting working parents who need quality, affordable care and education for their children.

Our first center is located at Lake Arlington Baptist Church in South Arlington.

At Lionheart Children’s Academy, we place a priority on our relationships with not only our children, but also our parents. We invite you to visit us in person and take a tour of our facility. We’ll answer your questions and then walk you through the enrollment process. To schedule a tour, please call us at 817-768-6865 or click here to schedule online.

To read more about Lionheart Children’s Academy, visit our website.

Cooking with kids: Go ahead – play with your food

Whether your kids are wee ones or almost grown up, they all can benefit by spending time in the kitchen with you. Here are some ways to make cooking together special.

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Our littlest ones might not be ready to do much cooking, but they LOVE to find new ways to play! Make them feel like they’re part of the cooking process by helping them turn food into play. Whether they indulge their inner fashionista with a fruit necklace (note – blueberries STAIN clothes and carpet!), play architect by building things with toothpicks, or simply enjoy something “gross” like worms made from jello, your kids will love the freedom to FINALLY play with their food.

Hint: Tape freezer paper to your kitchen table or counter for quicker clean-up.

 

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As they get a little older, they may not yet be ready to cook, but they love to “help” in the process by decorating what YOU cook. Decorating cookies is such a childhood staple, whether it’s a holiday or hot summer day. Rummage through your pantry for candy to make faces, or use your food coloring and (new) paint brushes to let them paint directly onto their cookies.


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For your older kiddos, walk them through the process of cooking their own meal. It will give those picky eaters some buy-in for the meal, and it will make them so proud to serve their finished product to mom and dad. We have created a Pinterest board with kid-friendly recipes, and don’t forget – you can take something normal and make it special with something as simple as food coloring or a cookie cutter.

 

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It’s true for parties, and it’s true for kids, too: the little touches can make something go from mundane to memorable. Create a fun cooking space for them by taping down freezer paper, laying out all of the tools/ingredients (like you see on the TODAY Show cooking segments) and writing out the recipe so they can follow along themselves. Let them wear your apron (or buy them their own) and chef’s hat, and make a BIG DEAL out of the finished product. If your kids are older, let them set the table with your fanciest linens and dishes and proudly serve mom and dad their creations while you RAVE about their cooking. Bravo!

 

title5One of the greatest things my mother-in-law did was require her two boys to plan a menu one night a week, complete with making a shopping list and doing all of the cooking. She said that she and my father-in-law ate some rather creative meals that her young boys planned, but she also instilled a true love for cooking and creativity in the kitchen in her both of her sons. My husband is now an amazing chef, and he credits a lot of it back to practicing over and over as a kid… and loving it. So don’t be afraid to let your older kids take responsibility for meal planning and cooking, and regardless of how it turns out, continue to encourage them to learn and experiment and grow. After all, that’s what we want for our kids, right?

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Bethe LCA SigAbout Lionheart: Lionheart Children’s Academy is a non-profit Christian organization committed to excellence in early childhood education. We are passionate about equipping kids to be world changers, and supporting working parents who need quality, affordable care and education for their children.

Our first center is located at Lake Arlington Baptist Church in South Arlington.

At Lionheart Children’s Academy, we place a priority on our relationships with not only our children, but also our parents. We invite you to visit us in person and take a tour of our facility. We’ll answer your questions and then walk you through the enrollment process. To schedule a tour, please call us at 817-768-6865 or click here to schedule online.

To read more about Lionheart Children’s Academy, visit our website.

 

 

A Minimalist Mom’s Guide to Shopping for Kids’ Presents

My husband and I are trying our best to be “stuff” minimalists. That goes for our parenting style as well – we live in a relatively small house, and we HATE clutter – so we are trying our best to get by without getting caught up in shopping for clothes and toys when we already have most of what we could ever need.

I found this blog post about 18 Non-Toy Gifts for Children, and it got me thinking about my own gift-giving style when it comes to kids.

1. Always check with mom and dad first to see if they have any “wish list” items. Depending on the child’s age, he or she may have their own list, but mom and dad can give you the scoop on what the child needs, what they already have, and what they do NOT want. Parents on a budget will welcome you helping fill in the gaps on items kids really need.

2. Don’t go BIG. We have a small house and limited space for toys, so the last thing we need is somebody to give us something GIANT. If you’re hankering to give that kiddo in your life something that’s going to take up some serious space, check with mom and dad first.

3. Check Amazon. I love to look up things like “best gifts for 5-year-old boys” when I need to buy something and have no idea where to start. You can see the highest rated toys for each age group and then read reviews of people who have purchased the item. It helps me so much to know which inexpensive items are still high quality, and which ones go right to the junk pile.

4. Go for the imagination. My favorite toys for my little girl are the ones that spark her imagination. Go for things like dress up clothes (boys like them too, especially if they involve super heroes), kitchens/play food/tool benches, art supplies, play dough, sidewalk chalk, jewelry making, or anything that helps them “create” something.

5. Make them want to play outside. Our kids spend enough time indoors, so any sort of toys or activity that can get them outside will encourage physical activity (which is great for their health), and instill a love for the outdoors. For the older kids, try sporting equipment, roller skates, and slip-n-slides, and for the younger ones, water tables, big wheels, and tricycles.

6. Encourage them to think. Just like we want to spark our children’s imaginations, we want to challenge their growing brains. Invest in puzzles and books to give their brains a boost, as well as help pass the time so their parents never hear those dreaded words: “I’m bored.”

Fellow parents – what is your best advice for finding a great gift that will make the child and his/her parents happy?

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Bethe LCA SigAbout Lionheart: Lionheart Children’s Academy is a non-profit Christian organization committed to excellence in early childhood education. We are passionate about equipping kids to be world changers, and supporting working parents who need quality, affordable care and education for their children.

Our first center is located at Lake Arlington Baptist Church in South Arlington.

At Lionheart Children’s Academy, we place a priority on our relationships with not only our children, but also our parents. We invite you to visit us in person and take a tour of our facility. We’ll answer your questions and then walk you through the enrollment process. To schedule a tour, please call us at 817-768-6865 or click here to schedule online.

To read more about Lionheart Children’s Academy, visit our website.

Books for Babies

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I love books. I studied English Literature in college and my husband and I are avid readers (and let’s face it, these days I mostly have time for audio books, which are perfect for multi-tasking moms). So when I found out I was having a baby, one of the things I looked forward to most was reading to her.

There are so many great children’s books to choose from, and for my one-year-old, we’re in the board book stage. We were blessed with MANY people who gifted us books at our baby showers, as well as a cousin (mom to five) who blessed us with a huge hand-me-down board book library. Studies show that you should read to your child (even babies!) every single day, and that repetition is important. With Wrenn, we try to read some during playtime, and then before she goes to bed. (For parents who are curious about our routine – I know I love hearing about other peoples’ routines to get ideas – we drink a sippy cup of milk, then we read a book, then we rock for a few minutes and say bedtime prayers, then I lay her down in her crib, still awake but very sleepy.)

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Some of my favorite board books come from the Baby Lit collection. These books feature great works like Pride and Prejudice, Moby Dick, Wuthering Heights, and more. It’s all the books you had got to read in high school, but recreated as counting books, alphabet primers, etc. The pictures are gorgeous and modern – I hope to someday collect them all!

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I Love You So… is one of the sweetest books and has beautiful illustrations. I probably read this one to Wrenn more than any other, so of course I now have it memorized. I’ll take any excuse to remind her how much I love her.

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 Llama Llama Wakey Wake is just… fun. I love books that rhyme and are fast-paced (Wrenn loves to turn the page and has a SHORT attention span), and this one fits our needs perfectly.

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And then, of course, there are Dr. Seuss books. They’re whacky and rhyme and funny enough to keep me entertained. I love all of them, and plan to continue to expand our collection as she gets older. Maybe it’s nostalgia – I grew up with these books – or maybe it’s just that they’re THAT GOOD. Whatever the case, I love reading these to her.

What about you, dear readers? What books do you LOVE to read to your kids? Leave us a comment with the name of the book and the age of your child. I love getting new ideas!

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Bethe LCA SigAbout Lionheart: Lionheart Children’s Academy is a non-profit Christian organization committed to excellence in early childhood education. We are passionate about equipping kids to be world changers, and supporting working parents who need quality, affordable care and education for their children.

Our first center is located at Lake Arlington Baptist Church in South Arlington.

At Lionheart Children’s Academy, we place a priority on our relationships with not only our children, but also our parents. We invite you to visit us in person and take a tour of our facility. We’ll answer your questions and then walk you through the enrollment process. To schedule a tour, please call us at 817-768-6865 or click here to schedule online.

To read more about Lionheart Children’s Academy, visit our website.

Keep The Shark From Circling

iStock_000020564784SmallWe’ve all experienced it: the bored child.

I’m not sure about yours, but mine literally walks around in circles whining. Sometimes the circles are around me, or the cat, or the dining room table. I’m laughing out loud thinking about the words I just wrote because, to the outside world, the scene really sounds like something straight out of Calvin and Hobbes. All the while, I’m remembering how torturous it can be when I’m just trying to make a healthy dinner to feed the precious growing girl who’s circling me.

Like a shark that’s about to devour its prey.

Here are a few things that work in my house to help keep the joy-filled shark from circling:

1. Relocate: Hide toys & make it a game to find them, rotate them by putting some away in the closet for a month then swapping them out every once and a while (mine loves to re-discover her old baby toys), or the favorite in my house… put inside toys outside.

2. Water: Sounds messy, and it can be, but it’s just water. I’ll take water over whining ANY day. I get two of the biggest Tupperware containers I have, put them on either side of my sink, put a towel on the floor, and a stool in front of the sink. Then add anything that’s not a toy but safe from the kitchen (spoons, measuring cups, plastic bowls) to the water. Instant and free water table!

3. The Big Helper: PJ loves to help me cook. Sometimes I have to pray for three extra doses of patience to make it happen, depending on the day, but it’s usually a fun memory! I let her use small cutting boards, smaller utensils, and pieces of what I’m cutting so she can mutilate till her heart’s content. This is a great way to spend some quality time together, cure boredom, introduce new foods, and practice motor skills.

Not everything works for everyone, but this is what works in our house (most of the time). What works in your home? Leave a comment… I’d love to hear!

 

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LCA SigAbout Lionheart: Lionheart Children’s Academy is a non-profit Christian organization committed to excellence in early childhood education. We are passionate about equipping kids to be world changers, and supporting working parents who need quality, affordable care and education for their children.

Our first center is located at Lake Arlington Baptist Church in South Arlington.

At Lionheart Children’s Academy, we place a priority on our relationships with not only our children, but also our parents. We invite you to visit us in person and take a tour of our facility. We’ll answer your questions and then walk you through the enrollment process. To schedule a tour, please call us at 817-768-6865 or click here to schedule online.

To read more about Lionheart Children’s Academy, visit our website.

A working mom’s guide to leaving the house

I’ve always spent a LONG time getting ready in the morning. After all, I waited 32 years to become a mom, which meant a decade of taking my time doing my hair, wandering around my house, throwing in a load of laundry, trying on a dozen outfits to find the “right” one for the day. Most days, I felt rushed.

Ha. Those were the days!

And then I became a mom. Now I know what RUSHED really means. Packing myself, my daughter, making sure the dog is fed and the house is in order, not to mention those nine months I was nursing and had to fit 45 minutes of  nursing and pumping into my schedule… it’s enough to stress a girl out. Those blissful, quiet mornings I had pre-baby seem like a lifetime ago.

Thank goodness for helpful husbands. And to-do lists.

But mornings don’t have to be chaotic, and with a little planning ahead, it can become your favorite part of your day.

5 Ways to Make Your Mornings Less Stressful

1. Fully get ready before the kids wake up. Even though it means an earlier wake-up call, having 30 minutes to get myself ready without worrying about taking care of anybody else is such a treat. It reduces my stress and makes me more efficient. I try to save time by taking a night shower and just wetting my hair the next morning, which saves me 20 minutes. Also – try dry shampoo (obviously invented by a tired mama).

2. Wash dishes and pre-fill sippy cups or bottles the night before. When we were nursing, I had to supplement with formula. We would pre-measure our formula into tiny containers (I used the smallest ones that came with my pump) and store them in our cabinet so we could easily grab-and-go. The same goes for food – pack lunches the night before.

3. Pack the diaper bag the night before. Leave it out so that all you have to do is drop your cooler of food/drinks into it in the morning and take it straight out to your car.

4. Pick out everybody’s clothes the night before. I realize my own mother tried to teach me this about 25 years ago, and I’m just now heeding her advice, but it really does save time. Don’t wear anything that needs to be dried/ironed in the morning – if it’s not ready to go, wear it the next day.

5. Since you’re already ready when the kids wake up, use breakfast time to multi-task. Our one-year-old LOVES to sit in her high-chair and take her time eating her breakfast. I use that time to unload my dishwasher, put everything I need by the door, pack my car (if my husband can stay and keep an eye on her), and take care of anything I forgot to do the night before.

With some planning ahead, mornings can go from stressful to sweet. Be sure to squeeze in a few minutes for yourself – whether you get to savor a cup of coffee or eat something healthy, just a few minutes of peace will make everybody’s day better.

Moms – what other tips do you have to help your mornings go more smoothly?

Bethe LCA Sig

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About Lionheart: Lionheart Children’s Academy is a non-profit Christian organization committed to excellence in early childhood education. We are passionate about equipping kids to be world changers, and supporting working parents who need quality, affordable care and education for their children.

Our first center is located at Lake Arlington Baptist Church in South Arlington.

At Lionheart Children’s Academy, we place a priority on our relationships with not only our children, but also our parents. We invite you to visit us in person and take a tour of our facility. We’ll answer your questions and then walk you through the enrollment process. To schedule a tour, please call us at 817-768-6865 or click here to schedule online.

To read more about Lionheart Children’s Academy, visit our website.

Welcome!

Welcome to the Lionheart Children’s Academy blog! Whether you’re a parent, grandparent, or simply a child yourself, we are grateful you stopped by. You may be wondering who we are and why, so allow us to introduce ourselves.

First of all, we are Lionheart Children’s Academy. We are passionate about equipping kids to be world changers, and supporting parents who need quality, affordable care and education for their children. We are a non-profit organization committed to excellence in early childhood education, and our first academy opens in Arlington, Texas in August 2014. We firmly believe in addressing the needs of the whole child: educational, physical, spiritual, and developmental. We are now enrolling for the fall – visit our website or give us a call at 817-768-6865 to learn more.

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Second, we – the bloggers – are excited about equipping our readers with handy tools for hanging out with kiddos. You’ll find posts about life, lessons learned, developmental activities, gear, or really anything we come across that is useful for raising children to be well-adjusted, confident adults (or helping parents stay sane in the process). We are moms ourselves, so stay tuned for the hilarity that ensues as a result of the little people we are so grateful to call our own!

We hope you’ll keep coming back and we would love to hear from you, so please leave us comments! You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Sincerely,

Bethe & Christy

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If Moms Played Like Three-Year-Olds

Children And Mothers Eating Jelly And Cake At Outdoor Tea PartyThe other day, my three-year-old told me about playing on the playground with her friends. She was pretending to be the big sister and her friends were pretending to be the mom and the baby. Adorable, right? Also, I’m very excited about the imaginative and role-playing she’s engaging in!

She gave me the play-by-play. Walking up to them, she said, “Hey. Can I play with you?” They kindly replied, “Of course!”

And the rest was history.

If only life was that easy. I think, in some ways, it can be.

Picture us moms on the playground saying to one another, ” Can I do life with you?” and “Of course you can!” Think of what a sweet and genuine community of moms that would be. No judging, no comparing, no one-upping. Just doing life together, being real, encouraging, supporting, affirming, and helping one another be the moms we are wired to be.

Here’s a challenge: Next time you’re around other moms you haven’t met before, introduce yourself.

I dare you 🙂

One thing all moms have in common is the fact that we have kiddos. Whether we birthed them or adopted them, it’s one thing we share. An easy conversation starter is to ask about another mom’s kids. Talk about how old their kiddos are, what their names are, or how many kids they have.

Boom. Instant friends.

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About Lionheart: Lionheart Children’s Academy is a non-profit Christian organization committed to excellence in early childhood education. We are passionate about equipping kids to be world changers, and supporting working parents who need quality, affordable care and education for their children.

Our first center is located at Lake Arlington Baptist Church in South Arlington.

At Lionheart Children’s Academy, we place a priority on our relationships with not only our children, but also our parents. We invite you to visit us in person and take a tour of our facility. We’ll answer your questions and then walk you through the enrollment process. To schedule a tour, please call us at 817-768-6865 or click here to schedule online.

To read more about Lionheart Children’s Academy, visit our website.