Jackie Coorey and her grandchildren Nathan and Larissa prepare for back to school.
Jackie Coorey and her grandchildren Nathan and Larissa prepare for back to school. Candyce Braithwaite

Take out stress from school times

BEING a parent is stressful, especially when children reach school age. It's important to choose childcare and schools that suit the needs of you and your children.

Parents need to ask themselves whether they should choose a small or a large school? Should it be a day or boarding school? Is the religious environment a consideration? Will my children be able to walk to school? Is there a bus service that can be used if I can't pick my children up?

In Warwick, we're lucky enough to have schools and childcare centres that suit almost everyone's needs. Whether it's big or small, you will find a school that suits you.

After choosing a school/childcare, now comes another issue: the lunchbox.

Filling your child's lunchbox each day is a stressful task. Parents want to give their children food they like, as well as food that's good for them. Generally those two categories don't cross paths.

Here are some suggestions to keep your children interested and also healthy.

Instead of feeding your children the classic Vegemite sandwich each day, try something nutritious and fun such as egg, lettuce and tomato sandwiches. Put in a tube of yoghurt, some dried fruit and crackers.

For a drink, water is best. Though juices claim to be healthy, they can be full of sugar.

It's not just the parents who feel stressed about the back-to-school period. Parents need to help make their child's transition from holidays to school as easy as possible.

They should get their children into a school routine, starting with their sleeping patterns, so the school mornings don't feel so brutal. Also, parents should start organising their children so they are all ready and raring to go, including books and stationery and uniforms.

Parents should tell their children going to school will be a happy and exciting time, not stressful. They will see their friends again and learn and evolve each day.


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