Help for Families with ASPECTS

September 17

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For some families the long summer break from school may have been a wonderful time of leisurely picnics, days out and playdates…………or for many of us it may have been a more frantic:   ‘help!  – how am I going to get through this?’  Many parents will heave a sigh of relief in September as life regains some routine and normality.

How are children feeling about going back to school, or even starting a new school?  The new academic year can be full of hope and good intentions but often there is an element of anxiety too; what will my teacher be like? Will I be able to do the work? Will I get lost in the new school?  

Top tips for September:

  • Be organised – help or encourage your child to pack everything they need the night before.  Last minute panics in the morning increase anxiety
  • If your child expresses a concern encourage them to talk about it – what is the worst that could possibly happen? Who would you go to for help?  Help your child to focus on a solution rather than the problem
  • If there is a genuine problem at school encourage independence and advise your child to tell a trusted adult at school.  At home time, don’t quiz your child about the negatives of the day, focus on the positives – there will be many!
  • Make time for homework.  Straight after school may not be the best time for some children – they may need some ‘down time’.  Negotiate when the best time would be  – and stick with it
  • Avoid competition over homework/projects/DT models etc.   Teachers always value the child’s own work – even with mistakes
  • Put names on everything! 
  • Shoes with Velcro may be better for young children who can’t yet do laces or buckles
  • Make sure there is a smile on YOUR face every day – even if you do miss them!


Aspects are a family and student support service based in Bishop’s Stortford. We are here for you when parenting gets tough and family life stops being fun.   We offer workshops, advice and support.

Please call 01279 696842 or email


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