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How To Prepare Your Kids Now They're Going Back To School

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Boris Johnson has unveiled the roadmap out of lockdown – and schools are set to reopen on March 8 as step one.

While parents might be breathing a collective sigh of relief, kids might hear the news with mixed emotions – younger children have taken a long time to settle into this new routine, while older children now have Covid testing to contend with alongside the social and educational challenges of returning to class.

It’s a lot for someone of any age to take in, so we asked two child psychologists what parents can do to help.

How are children feeling right now?

The first step in supporting a child of any age is not to make assumptions about how they might be feeling, says Dr Dan O’Hare, co-chair of the British Psychological Society’s Division for Educational and Child Psychology.

“Children’s views and children’s voices have been entirely absent from any government discussion and I think that actually, what they’re doing is seeing children as this homogenous group, and they’re not,” he tells HuffPost UK. “All children have different needs and are different.”

There’s an approach called ‘emotional coaching’ in educational psychology, which encourages adults to imagine ourselves in a similar scenario in order to understand how children might be feeling. In this instance, it might be as simple as thinking about how you’d feel going back to work after a long absence.

This might bring up feelings of anxiety, relief, excitement, nerves about the unknown, or........

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