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Back to School: 10 Tips for a Smooth Start

by Lindsay Hutton

Back to school is a major milestone in your child's life, so it's normal for him to have some first day jitters. These tips can help calm your child's nerves, and make the transition from home to school a little easier, leaving him with a feeling of excitement instead of anxiety.

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Meet Her New Teacher


Entering a classroom full of new faces can be stressful for anyone, especially a young child who hasn't spent a lot of time away from home yet. Most schools will have an open house to give you a chance to stop in and meet the teacher together. Be sure to attend, so your child will see at least one familiar face on the first day. If your child is younger, try to arrange a play date with other children that will be in her classroom in the fall, too. She'll be so excited to see her friends on the first day of school, she'll forget all about being nervous!

Next: Tour the School (Especially the Bathroom!)

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