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Starting School

Starting school can be liberating as well as daunting for both of you.

The Countdown
Involve your child in getting ready for their first day. The evening before term starts you and your child can work together to prepare their uniform, bag and snacks.

Set your alarm early for the first day - even the most organised parents and children need extra time to get ready for the big event.

Your Emotions
Your feelings will guide your child's emotions. If you approach your child's first day with confidence that they'll be fine, using positive words about school and loving attention, their anxieties will be reduced.

Saying goodbye at school may be very emotional for you. But try to send your child off with a smile and a wave along with the reassurance that you'll be there to collect them later. Remember even distressed children settle very quickly once you're gone, so make your leave loving but brief. If you're particularly worried, most schools will be receptive if you want to phone in later to check your child is ok.

The end of the day
Do make sure you're a little early to collect your child at the end of the first few days - even a few minutes late can seem an eternity to a waiting child. Your child will probably be tired and hungry so a healthy snack and some quiet time, with or without you, will be just what they need after school.

Make listening to your child a priority. They'll probably talk about their day in their own time so avoid pressing your child, but do give them opportunities to talk to you.

Courtesy of http://www.bbc.co.uk/health/physical_health/child_development/primary_starting.shtml