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Embracing Your Village this Summer

Disclaimer :: Ashleigh Johnson wrote this sponsored post about her experiences at Lionheart Children’s Academy to encourage other mothers to find a “village” that is just right for their family.

As a relatively new mom with two years under my belt, I have so much to learn. I also have quite a bit to share — those two years often feel like a lifetime. Most moms would agree that the often bounced around cliché, “the days are long, but the years are short,” is true. And the years are oh-so-short.

In fact, when you start looking at the actual time you have with your children at home, it makes reading Llama Llama for the eleventh time in a row not so bothersome. It also makes you carefully evaluate the people, that “village” everyone talks about, whom you entrust your children to — whether that’s a babysitter, a teacher, or a caregiver.

For many moms it can be scary to leave your child with someone else for the first time. In my two years of being a mom, I’ve learned that when you find the right place, with the right teachers, not only is it not scary, but it also feels good. It feels good to give your children new experiences that open up their budding imaginations, social skills, and independence. In order to get that feel-good experience, I need to know that I have a partner in my child’s teachers and administrators — someone who will nurture my child in my absence.

Lionheart children's academyLionheart Children’s Academy does just that. They partner with parents as we love and raise our children. For them, it’s a sacred trust. Lionheart desires to cultivate real relationships of love and support for their parents in the daily hustle and bustle of life. They communicate regularly with parents to update them on all aspects of their child’s progress, so they can reinforce learning at home.

As you’re doing your own research on what’s best for your children this summer, I’d encourage you to check out Lionheart for yourself. They have four locations (with two more opening this fall), including two in Tarrant County, which offer a fantastic summer program for kids of all ages. Lionheart recognizes the challenge working parents face to find a program that keeps their children safe and engaged, while ensuring they have FUN during summer break.

Lionheart provides parents with flexible options, excellent care, and peace of mind so they can be effective in their workplace.

Lionheart’s Summer Club will include:

  • Exciting and purposeful field trips, both on-site and off-site (based on age), that engage children’s imaginations and promote learning.
  • Daily devotions that focus on relevant issues that school age children face.
  • Weekly chapel that is fun, interactive, and Bible-based.
  • Sports and team building activities that build character and promote positive relationships with their peers.
  • Themed projects that cultivate creativity and problem solving while celebrating each child’s unique gifts and contribution.
  • Academic enrichment activities that keep skills fresh and foster a continuing enthusiasm for learning.
  • Community outreach projects that teach children to give as well as receive.
  • Play time! Children need to play. Its facilities provide a wonderful place for children to just be kids in a safe, loving environment.

Lionheart is a non-profit Christian organization committed to excellence in early childhood education. It is passionate about equipping kids to be world changers, and supporting working parents who need quality, affordable care and education for their children. With locations in Arlington, Flower Mound, Plano, and Garland, plus new locations in Grapevine and Argyle opening this fall, there is a Lionheart Children’s Academy near you. Visit its website to learn more.

A born and raised Tarrant County girl, Ashleigh loves all things local. A proud Baylor alum (sic ‘em Bears!), she managed to marry a TCU Horned Frog, Justin, in 2012. Ashleigh became a mom in 2015 when she and Justin welcomed the cutest little strawberry blonde boy, Bishop Roy. Justin, Ashleigh, and Bishop are currently navigating the rough waters of toddlerhood and learning as they go. After spending a decade in local government marketing, Ashleigh currently serves as the marketing coordinator for Lionheart Children’s Academy. As a mom, she considers it a rare gift to work for a Christian organization that so deeply loves the families they serve.

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