Best les­son is to be your­self

Warwick Daily News - - WEEKEND - WITH Act­ing Editor Letea Ca­van­der

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.

Also in Week­end, our res­i­dent fash­ion­ista Sarah Barnes ex­plores dress­ing for our body shapes. In travel, jour­nal­ist Robyn Court­ney has a be­hind-the-scenes look at a world-class ten­nis tour­na­ment and Ge­off Egan goes on the hunt for the best food in the city that never sleeps.

Speak­ing of sleep, is your lit­tle an­gel turn­ing into a bit of a devil at bed time? Our Stay At Home Mum shares ad­vice on how to help your chil­dren with their sleep rou­tines. En­joy the reads, this Week­end.

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