THE butterflies in the stomach are beginning … and that's just the parents!
That first day at school, when your child makes the huge step to a new school, marks such a pivotal point, you know you will remember that moment, years from now.
We start to worry: 'Will my child be happy? Will they be nurtured, stretched academically and encouraged to be independent and develop their individuality?'
Yet if you allow the apprehension of those first few weeks to pass, I guarantee you will see your son or daughter display encouraging signals of new found independence and confidence. From the earliest of ages, parents should encourage independence - whether that is choosing a new pencil case for younger children or making sure older children have PE kits ready on the right morning.
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Building responsibility and independence, regardless of the age of the child, should be taught at home and school and consequently these two qualities not only enhance their personalities and characters but actually lead to a far more effective and positive education.
These days, parents (and teachers) are accused of being too soft, too molly-codling and wrapping our little ones in cotton wool but I firmly hold the belief that getting them to stand on their own two feet early with encouragement and support is the best approach.
So as a new school year starts, we return with anticipation of what that year will hold and look forward to inspiring our children to have self- belief, be confident and kind to others and just like the swallows that nest in the stable block - to soar high and fly far!
Alison Tremewan is headmistress at Knighton House School in Durweston