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Head start for little people facing big school

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Hands up, who’s feeling a little sweaty-palmed about their children starting at school?

Beginning big school can be an anxious time for children and their grown-ups.

As parents and carers we wring our hands over whether or not our little ones can write their name, know their alphabet, are able to count once they run out of fingers and toes.

But studies show that what children really need to get off to a good start at school are the right emotional skills.

School Start, by clinical psychologist Lynn Jenkins, is a new eBook which helps families make sure their children are emotionally ready to face the challenges of the classroom and develop the resilience they will need to deal with social setbacks.

Issues that are addressed include;

· helping children to deal with anxiety,
· initiating new friendships
· coping when things don’t always go to plan
· accepting people have different strengths and weaknesses and that they won’t always be ‘the best’ (or ‘the worst’) at things
· dealing with teasing and bullying, and developing resilience.

Parents are also guided on the need to be self-aware and in touch with their parenting values, while bringing a helpful attitude with them when they come to handle issues their children might encounter, as opposed to drawing on possible ‘baggage’ from their own school years.

In an era when technology has given bullies a 24 platform to torment their victims, and NAPLAN league tables put pressure on kids as young as seven to perform in exam settings, this accessible electronic resource will help families guide their children to the top of the emotional class.

Key Facts: School Start by Lynn Jenkins is available January 2014 from and wherever good eBooks are sold. RRP $4.99.


Lynn Jenkins is a clinical psychologist, author and mother to three young children. She is very passionate about providing education about the social and emotional needs of infants and children.

In her private psychology practice, Life Matters Psychologists, she specializes in perinatal mental health and is particularly interested in the parent-child relationship.

Lynn is trained to facilitate several parenting programs that focus on nurturing the relationship between parents and children, which she runs through her practice.

She contributes regularly to various online parenting sites, and her first book, Best Start: Understanding your baby’s emotional needs to create the best beginnings was released in 2012. Consistent with Lynn’s ‘early intervention’ approach, her first ‘resource tool’ picture book, Lessons of a Lac will be published soon. She wrote it to give children with anxiety a way to think of their anxiety and worries.

If you would like to see digital pages of School Start with a view to reviewing, extracting or interviewing the author please get in touch. Lynn is based in Newcastle, NSW.

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