The uniform has been purchased (at greater or lesser expense), name tags have been sewn in (or the service paid for), books, new pencils, calculator, new smartphone (“Everyone will have one, mum; do you want me to get bullied?”) are all ready to go.
You know what is expected of you as the parent of a primary school kid but what happens now?
If this is your first child to move on to secondary school, here’s a guide to the simple and general dos and don’ts.
The most difficult thing to adjust to is that your child will not want you to have anything to do with their school.
It may take a while to happen, or it might happen on day one, but eventually you need to understand that teenagers want nothing more than to be left alone by their parents, particularly when their mates, or prospective mates, are about.
In their minds, it would be easier without parents; despite the fact that they provide funding, food, lodging and transport. So, if you are delivering them to school in your 4x4 or SUV, it’s best to drop them some distance from the school gates so that they can walk the final 100 metres themselves.