HELLO

Your Baby & Toddler - - Hello - TSHOLOFELO MODISE EDI­TOR

Back-to-school is go­ing to be big for my fam­ily this year. Our el­dest is go­ing to big school! Find­ing the right school was not easy, but a task we took se­ri­ously - two years of re­search­ing schools that would suit us and the way we raise our boys was an eye­opener. Bud­get was also a big fac­tor as the costs of ed­u­cat­ing chil­dren in this coun­try is be­com­ing more costly. We’ve al­ready been through his first two teeth fall­ing out and spend­ing two morn­ings at the school meet­ing his new teacher so I hold thumbs and pray for a tear free first day of school. I just hope I am not like my dad who took me to my first day of school. I am told I was just so happy I didn’t even bother with a clingy good­bye but of course he teared up as he left. Our lit­tle one will also have to get used to be­ing alone at preschool with­out his big brother to pro­tect and share his lunch snacks with him. I’m sure this new jour­ney means we are also go­ing back to school but it is the sign of progress and a bright fu­ture ahead for our lit­tle ones. With this I say thank you very much to the teach­ers who look af­ter our chil­dren at school and good luck for all the first-timers. May this year bring us all more love, laugh­ter and hap­pi­ness in our lives. See our back-to-school dossier on page 57 to learn about what makes a preschool great, get tips for a tear-free drop off, why it is im­por­tant for your child to be ready for preschool and of course, what the teach­ers wish you knew.

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