The new school year is just around the cor­ner and that can be a stress­ful time

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By putting a few sim­ple mea­sures in place you can make “back to school” a time for cel­e­bra­tion, not con­fronta­tion.

Know your en­vi­ron­ment

If your child is at­tend­ing school for the first time, switch­ing schools or tran­si­tion­ing to high school – the change in sur­round­ings can some­times be over­whelm­ing. A great way to al­le­vi­ate some of this stress is to meet your child’s teacher/s be­fore the start of the year. Even if it’s just a phone call or an email, it in­tro­duces you to some­body who is go­ing to have a strong in­flu­ence on your child’s life (some­times for a num­ber of years).

Be or­gan­ised

Prepa­ra­tion is key to avoid­ing school year mishaps. Have you bought or at least or­dered your child’s text books, school sup­plies and cloth­ing for the com­ing year. Do they have a back­pack or school case that com­fort­ably fits their size and needs? Have you de­cided how your child will be at­tend­ing school (and have you ex­plained why they may need to take the bus in­stead of be­ing dropped at the front gate)? Com­mu­ni­ca­tion will save a lot of angst closer to the big day.

Talk to your child

Dis­cussing school rou­tines and what is ex­pected of your child (by you and the school) can give them a vi­tal frame­work to work with. By as­sign­ing sim­ple, and achiev­able, goals – you give your child the con­fi­dence to plan how their year will progress and how they can “be in charge” of that jour­ney. Ex­plain the fun of meet­ing new peo­ple and mak­ing new friends and all the ex­cit­ing aca­demic, artis­tic and sport­ing op­tions they are yet to dis­cover. It sud­denly won’t seem so scary. A lit­tle bit of prepa­ra­tion on your be­half will cre­ate a more or­dered, struc­tured and less-stress­ful start to the school year. And, to any­one who’s a par­ent, doesn’t that sound like a good thing?

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