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Back to School: 10 Tips for a Smooth Start

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Talk About it at Dinner


Ask your child if she has any jitters or worries about her first day of school, and how you can help. Talking about her anxiety and allowing her to express her fears openly may be enough to calm her down. Help your child come up with a game plan to deal with any situations that may seem stressful to her, and let her know she can always go to her teacher for help.

It is also acceptable to allow your child to be a little clingy the first few days back to school. Children need their parents to help them make a smooth transition, so if she wants you to walk her into the classroom for the first week, go ahead and do it. Gradually encourage your child to feel comfortable going it alone.

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