Ease First-Day Jitters

"I'm too scared to ride on a bus all by myself."

The Fear: "I'm too scared to ride on a bus all by myself."

The Fix: If your school doesn't offer an orientation ride, take your child on a quick public bus trip, suggests Liz Blek, president of the National Kindergarten Alliance and a teacher at Montevideo Elementary School, in Mission Viejo, California. Help her practice saying hello to the driver, finding a seat, and getting off at a stop. Be sure to discuss how the school bus will be similar and different. It may also help to pair her up with an older kid in the neighborhood, says Blek.

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