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Hard to believe but it’s almost time for school‍Summer is really flying by as we are only a month or so from the start of the school year. Now that most students are heading back for in-person learning, there are some things you can do to make the transition as smooth as possible.

1. Plan Ahead

If you're aware of the school's safety precautions, review them together so there aren't surprises when your child first goes to school. If you have higher-risk family members you are concerned about, explain what that means for your child and the extra precautions that might entail compared to what their friends might need to do.

2. Don't Let Them Worry

Have a family meeting where you talk to your children about their worries, fears and excitement. What are they looking forward to most? What are they not? Give them a safe space to synthesize coherent thoughts, hone awareness of their own feelings, and share what's on their mind so they aren't holding it all in.

3. There Will Be Anxiety & Nerves

Being around people again may come with anxiety or nerves for kiddos who have been worried about getting sick. If you're able to anticipate these nerves, you can come up with some ways to cope with them when they arise. Practicing reframing negative thoughts as more positive ones can be helpful to do in advance.

4. Stay Flexible in This New World

As with any transition, re-entry into in-person schools is not going to be a perfect science, so anticipate hiccups and be ready to roll with the punches. Maybe an adverse event at the school leads to a closure again, or cases in your local community rise, causing concern. Maybe protocols at school continue to change.

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