Day: July 7, 2018

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Starting School Part 1 – How to Pack the Backpack

Starting school, whether it’s for the first time, entering a new school, or even returning to a familiar school after a break, can be a challenge for both our children and ourselves. And we mean “school” whether it’s on campus or at home. While we carefully pack their school bag or plan their timetables with

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Starting School – for Grown Ups

If summer is drawing to a close, you may be starting to think about the start of school.  Or you might be preparing for your child to start school in the New Year.  For some, the new school year is a return to something known and understood. But for those of us beginning school for

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Starting School Part 2 – How to Unpack the Backpack

Starting school for the first time, or after the long summer holidays, can pull up old feelings of separation. Be kind to yourselves and your children: leave time for some extra upsets over the first few weeks, as the scab is lifted again, and as feelings about school and about leaving you surface again. Take every opportunity you can to listen to your child – when they seem to be having big upsets about small things, or they seem to be much more clingy than usual.

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