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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — TRIANGLE NC | VOLUME 17 — ISSUE 2 84 CHILDCARE 5 Ways to Reduce New School Jitters BY LESLIE MOORE-MARTINEZ No matter whether you're new to a city or you're settled into the community, the back-to- school season is often a nerve-racking time for parents and young children alike. Adjusting to a new school- year routine can be a weeks-long challenge – but add moving to a new school or child care provider, and the change can become even tougher. Fortunately, if you're faced with moving to a new home during this time, there are steps you can take to help make the transition easier for your child and the whole family. Whether you are preparing for your child to start at a new school or are still adjusting to a new routine, the following tips can help reduce your little one's new school jitters: 1. Read about it with your child. It is often the anticipation of the unknown that makes children anxious about going to a new school or classroom. Reading about it gives children an opportunity to imagine their own experience and share their fears. The following books can help your little one express how they feel, or might feel when school starts: •"When Mommy and Daddy Go to Work" by Joanna Cole • "First Day" by Joan Rankin • "The Kissing Hand" by Audrey Penn • "Don't Go" by Jane Breskin Zalben 2. Establish a daily routine that fits your family's school-year schedule and try to stick to it. Children need the predictability and comfort of routines. Create and stick to a weekday morning routine. If your child hasn't started at the new school yet, start implementing the routine at least two weeks before the first day of school. 3. Nighttime routines are important, too. The whole family can help make school day mornings easier by taking care of tasks the night before. Try making it a habit to pack book bags, complete homework and pick out the next day's clothes in the evening to avoid morning mayhem. 4. Say a quick goodbye and promise to come back. When dropping your child off at school, give a quick hug and kiss, cheerfully say goodbye, and promise to return later. When you linger, you undermine your child's confidence that you feel good about where you are leaving her/him. 5. Establish a partnership with your child's teacher. Children look to their parents' behavior for emotional cues. The more comfortable you are with your child's teacher, the more comfortable your child will be. Over the first few weeks of school, regularly touch base with your child's teacher about how he is adjusting. The more visible you can make the connection between home and school, the more secure your child will feel. Primrose schools in the Raleigh-Durham area accept children from 6 weeks old through pre-K, with select schools offering private kindergarten as well as before and after-school programs and summer camps for school-age children. The Primrose Balanced Learning® approach nurtures children's intellectual, creative, physical and social-emotional development through a balance of purposeful play and nurturing guidance from teachers. More than 1,800 children are currently enrolled at Primrose schools in the Triangle region. To learn more about the 10 schools in the Raleigh-Durham area, visit tips for a smoother school experience Owner of Primrose School at e Park

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