5 tips for taking the stress out of ‘back to after school’ | Family Living – Arkansas News

5 tips for taking the stress out of ‘back to after school’ | Family Living – Arkansas News

(BPT) – As kids and teens head back to school, working parents are also preparing for “back to after school.” Despite the fact that 60 percent of parents report having flexible work hours that allow them to take care of their children once the school day ends, a survey from Boys & Girls Clubs of America shows 75 percent still find that after-school time causes as much or more stress than in-school time. When it comes to after-school programs and resources, the study also found parents’ top priorities are providing a safe place for their children, academic mentoring and support, as well as sports and fitness programs. As an expert in youth development that specializes in these key areas, Boys & Girls Clubs of America offers these tips to help parents take the stress out of transitioning back to after school.

Safety first

Each day 11 million children and teens leave school with no place to go, increasing their risk of being unsupervised, unguided and unsafe in communities across the country, according to a 2014 Afterschool Alliance study. And, since juvenile crime escalates during the hours of 3-7 p.m. according to the U.S. Department of Justice, parents have cause for concern about how their children spend their time during these critical hours. Particularly for working parents who cannot be home with their children when the school day ends, taking advantage of affordable, accessible after-school programs — ideally staffed by trained, trustworthy adult leaders — alleviates stress by providing peace of mind that their kids are safe,…

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