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About Courtney Harris

Courtney is the Marketing and Enrollment Director for Brightside Academy Ohio. When she is not working, you can find her spending time with the husband and 3-year old who is a proud early learner at Brightside Academy Ohio.

When Do Toddlers Stop Napping: Should You Be Happy or Worried When They Do?

Toddler Naps Explained In Detail and Other Important Facts   When do toddlers stop napping? You know children should get enough rest time through nap times and a long night’s sleep.   You know that sleeping is the best way to help them grow physically, emotionally, and mentally. So, when they stop napping, you get worried.   Napping is an essential part not only of your toddler’s life but also yours.  This napping is the way for your child to replenish lost energy from too much playing and the body’s [...]

By |2021-08-17T13:12:48+00:00August 17th, 2021|Uncategorized|Comments Off on When Do Toddlers Stop Napping: Should You Be Happy or Worried When They Do?

Can Babies Have Nightmares?

Can babies have nightmares?  Babies cry a lot. This crying is their way of sending us messages that they would instead have said if they could already speak.  But when they cry in the middle of the night while already sleeping, it's a different story. It freaks us out more if they don't stop crying after checking that they are not sick or anything that could cause them to act that way. According to a study by Harriet Hiscock and Margot J. Davey, "Sleep Disorders in Infants and Children" in [...]

By |2021-08-09T08:59:29+00:00August 9th, 2021|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Can Babies Have Nightmares?

How to Motivate a Child Who Doesn’t Care

If you recently enrolled your son or daughter in an early childhood school, you might have noticed by now that there are instances when they are unmotivated to go to school. Many parents seek our advice on how to motivate a child, especially when it comes to their studies. Before you can actually succeed in motivating your child, let us first discuss and define motivation. Understanding Motivation To be able to understand why a child acts as he/she does and how we can help a child, we need to understand [...]

By |2021-07-23T14:29:45+00:00July 23rd, 2021|Kids Upbringing, Parenting Tips|Comments Off on How to Motivate a Child Who Doesn’t Care

Summer Games That Can Be Played on Pavement

When it comes time for summer, it can be easy to let your children sit in front of a screen, especially when there’s not much space for them to safely roam around outside. Aside from basketball, it can seem like there are few options when you don’t have a yard of your own. However, there are a number of pavement-based games that children can play that are a lot of fun. At the Brightside Academy in Cleveland, Columbus, Toledo, and Akron, we know all about playing on the pavement, as [...]

By |2021-02-22T22:36:51+00:00February 22nd, 2021|Child Care Ohio|Comments Off on Summer Games That Can Be Played on Pavement

5 Fun Ways for Your Child to Learn During Summer

Keeping your child entertained during the summer can be a major hassle, and keeping them entertained with something enriching is even more of a stretch. However, there are some easily accessible activities and events that you can participate in with your child that will help bolster their educational development and not put you out of too much money or effort.  At the Brightside Academy in Toledo, Akron, Cleveland, and Columbus, we give the children of Northern Ohio a place to go for child care that recognizes their needs as a [...]

By |2021-02-22T22:30:09+00:00February 22nd, 2021|Summer Camp Ohio|Comments Off on 5 Fun Ways for Your Child to Learn During Summer

Summer Camp and Your Child’s Development

It’s critical to your child’s development to keep them engaged and interacting with the world around them. In the summer, between working and taking care of your daily tasks, it can be hard to find time to provide your children with something that’s safe, interactive, and valuable to their development. At the Brightside Academy, we give parents in Toledo, Cleveland, Columbus, and Akron the chance to keep their child’s education and the fun going in the summer. With the Brightside Academy, and our Summer Camp child care program, your children [...]

By |2021-02-22T21:43:45+00:00February 22nd, 2021|Child Care Ohio|Comments Off on Summer Camp and Your Child’s Development

5 Summer Activities for Parents and Kids

Let’s face it, during the summer, finding options to keep you and the kids entertained and safe outside of screens can be hard. You don’t want them doing something mindless and you have to keep an eye on them, but just watching them can be as mindless for the parent as just watching TV is for them. The trick is to find something you both enjoy, or to find a safe environment where the kid can be a kid, and you can just relax and occasionally check in. At the [...]

By |2021-02-19T23:09:36+00:00February 19th, 2021|Child Care Ohio|Comments Off on 5 Summer Activities for Parents and Kids

The Power of Play in Child Care

For a very long time, play was considered frivolous. It was, and still is to some, what children do because they have no work. However, in some ways, it is their work. As children go through preschool, they should be learning how to socialize and getting a grip on their motor skills. Play helps engage this, as well as critical and creative thinking skills. Not only is play necessary, but it should be encouraged. It’s easy to get caught up in the traditional elements of schooling, after all, organized schooling [...]

By |2021-03-15T13:56:49+00:00January 7th, 2021|Child Care Ohio|Comments Off on The Power of Play in Child Care

Preschool in Ohio – 5 Common Questions

If you’re enrolling your child in schooling for the first time, you likely have some questions as to how it all works. When exactly can schooling begin? Is there assistance available for low income families? What’s required from me as a parent? These are all questions you can and should be asking yourself. The Brightside Academy is here to help you answer a few of them, and if you live in Toledo, Akron, Columbus, or Cleveland, we’d love to be your preschool provider as well. At the Brightside Academy, we [...]

By |2021-01-14T17:37:04+00:00January 7th, 2021|Child Care Ohio|Comments Off on Preschool in Ohio – 5 Common Questions

5 Things To Improve on During Preschool

Preschool is a huge step for some kids, but not nearly as big as the step they’d be taking if they went without it. At the Brightside Academy in Northern Ohio, we help children get ready for the massive step that is kindergarten, by helping them get prepared for both the social and academic aspects. We believe in a whole person-centered approach at the Brightside Academy, meaning we look after all areas of your child’s well being. Without addressing health and fitness or acceptable social functioning, all of the typical [...]

By |2021-01-11T23:21:32+00:00December 31st, 2020|Preschool Ohio|Comments Off on 5 Things To Improve on During Preschool