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Q: My kindergartener is terrified of going to school. What can we do to help?

Lezlie says...
Vancouver early childhood curriculum developer Natacha V. Beim says it’s common for kids who haven't attended preschool to be nervous. It helps to make school a big event—go out to dinner, tell your child what she'll be doing all day, choose a backpack or new outfit together—whatever works. "It's really that simple," says Beim. "If the family celebrates it, the child celebrates it." And when school starts, take time to listen to your child. "They go from one-on-one with the parent to being one of 20 or 30 with the teacher. They don't feel understood, they don't feel heard." Asking questions and validating a child's concerns—however small they seem to parents—sends the message that they have your support.

Lezlie Lowe has two jobs: 1) freelance writer/broadcaster/researcher, and 2) mother of two young girls. Guess which is more difficult. Click here to send her your questions.