Best lesson is to be yourself
FOR many children, the first day of school seems to be a milestone they embrace with anticipation and excitement. Whether that continues throughout their school life depends, I am assuming, on their experiences with their teachers, their own personalities and myriad other factors.
And for some children, the thought of school is terrifying. Weekend has talked to two experts who have some key advice to help kids, whether excited or scared, take their first steps through the school gates.
As a kid growing up with a dad in power station construction, we moved around a bit. I went to nine primary and three high schools. So, this is my best (non-expert) advice for first-day nerves. Remind kids, no matter their age, to be themselves. They might not fit in everywhere but they will always remember their own value if they are not faking anything.
And if it all becomes too much, encourage them to talk about it so you can find solutions together.
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