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The day when your child starts school for the very first times school marks a huge milestone in family life, and for thousands of 4 year olds across the UK that day is just a few weeks away. However, many parents make one big mistake which means that starting school becomes more, not less, stressful for their children...

According to Dawn Burden, play expert and director of The National Book Club for Nearly Schoolers, parents are often so worried about how their children will cope with the first day at school that they ignore their own anxiety, which can often lead to the few weeks before school starts with a parent who is struggling with their emotions – with disastrous consequences for the child.

‘No parent wants to be the one in the playground sobbing behind dark glasses, but unless parents prepare themselves for the start of school, this is often what...

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