Back to school season can be tough. And that's just on the mums!
From fretting over whether your new starter will cope with their new schedule and school routine, to worrying about how little ones returning to school will get on with all the changes, it's natural to run the gamut of emotions as a parent of a school-aged tot.
But how your child's school handles the transition period can go a long way to making parents, as well as their kids, feel more at ease with the disruption to life that is the new school term.
Which is why I love the story I stumbled across today in the Manchester Evening News about a reception teacher who decided to put together a goodie bag for parents of new starters.
The paper reports:
"She has made a goody bag for each of them, containing a little poem for them to keep, along with a tea bag, chocolates, biscuits and tissues. All essentials to calm those first day nerves - and dry the tears."
And the note on the front of the goodie bag reads:
"Thank you for entrusting your child to us. We promise to guide and nurture your child as they explore this new world that they have stepped into. Go home and put your feet up with a cup of tea and a biscuit and we will take the best care of your precious little ones."
I think I've got something in my eye. *Sniff*
Has your child's teacher gone the extra mile like this to make Back to School season just a little gentler? We'd love to hear about it. Leave us a comment below or join the conversation over on our Facebook page.