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Wednesday 1 October 2014

Parents' need-to-know guide for their kids' return to school

Published 08/08/2014 | 02:30

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Back to School guide

It's almost Back-to-School time again, and this Saturday, the Irish Independent publishes a special 20-page supplement to get you ready.

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As parents panic and children protest, our definitive supplement will help make the transition that little bit easier.

Clinical psychologist David Coleman gives expert advice on preparing your child for school, leaving first year nerves at the gate and on making the school year a little bit easier on you.

For the thousands of parents dreading the return of the packed lunch, wholefood chef and nutritional advisor Rozanne Stevens provides a weekly meal plan and detailed nutrition guide.

The extensive guide to all things school related will also give anxious parents the skinny on everything from homework and meeting the teacher, to getting everyone up and out in the morning and after-school activities. And we also turn to an on-the-ground expert - five-year-old Ciaran Fox who shares his school experience with this year's Junior Infants.

And Katie Gunn has some much needed tips for parents in the essential guide to schoolgate etiquette, including how to avoid the PTA Mum on the first morning.

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