Like all parents, we're keen for our child to start term one on a positive note. We want them to head off to school happily, to learn and to have some fun with her friends along the way. But...
Many children can be afraid when they face returning or starting school. It is very normal, especially for younger children, to have a degree of fear of leaving mum and going to school, especially preschool. There are ways to alleviate this.
Brothers and sisters fight. Observational studies put the number of conflicts among young siblings (7 and under) at three to seven an hour.
Volunteering when we are older gives us a sense of purpose. Often, we are away from our family, they have busy lives and we can feel isolated or alone.
Family life is changing. Childhood used to be playing with friends, in and out of neighbours’ homes, eating on the run and not seeing parents till late evening, after the sun went down.