20 October 2021Share
Australian Catholic University (ACU) education expert Associate Professor Miriam Tanti said the reopening of schools was nothing like the traditional back-to-school period.
“A return to school does not have the excitement of new uniforms and stationery or the anticipation of making new friends and the obligatory family photo in school uniform with school bag,” Associate Professor Tanti said.
“There’s no way to predict how a child will respond to returning to school post-pandemic. We haven’t been here before. Some will be excited, others nervous and anxious and some may start out feeling excited but then reality sets in and those feelings can shift too. This is all perfectly normal.”
Fellow ACU education expert Dr Chrissy Monteleone added, “Parents should avoid over-sharing their worries. I also don’t recommend bombarding an already-tired child with questions at the end of each school day. Instead, consider more open-ended questions to prompt a relaxed conversation. For example, “What was the best part of your day?”
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