Parental advice: How to cope on the first day of school

Anzac service at St Mary's College.
Anzac service at St Mary's College. Nev Madsen

SENDING your child to prep or school for the first time can be an emotional experience - it can involve crying and hand holding for both children and their parents.

To help parents who are watching their children enter the classroom for the first time, Fraser Coast mums have offered advice on how to get through it.

Mother-of-three Tammie Olsen from Granville said sending your kids to school for the first time was never as bad as most parents thought.

"You've just got to not stress about it," Tammie said.

"Most kids will be really excited to go and you've just got to let them.


"I was way more emotional than any of my kids when they went to school."


Kawungan mother-of-10 Jessica Wheeler said the most important part was to focus on the positives and for the parents to stay positive themselves.

"If you're acting nervous and like [going to school] is a big deal, then the kids will do the same," Jessica said.

"So if you talk about the positive things, like how exciting it will be to learn how to read or draw, then that will help them and you."

Maryborough teacher and father-of-four Ron Acutt said he remembers his kids feeling mixed emotions when they went to school.


"Mine just wanted to go, but didn't want to go alone," Mr Acutt said.


"They had already done kindy which had prepared them very well for [school].

"They already knew what to expect but they were so excited to have the uniform and carry a lunch box."

He said not all parents were anxious about sending their kids to school.

"A lot of parents are anxious to get their kids into the classroom," he said.


"When the last one finally goes off to school, the parents are pretty happy about it mostly."

Schools across the Fraser Coast will start term one next Wednesday.

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