(WXYZ) — As students head back to school (be it virtually or in-person), one thing is for certain - parents will need support and guidance as they navigate new waters and try to support their children with a school experience laden with unknowns.

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Child development specialist and parenting contributor, Carly Dorogi, Ed. S., shares tips to help families ease into this transition feeling more confident to tackle the new challenges that may come with the 2020-21 school year.

TIP #1 Acknowledge your child’s anxiety and fears. Find simple ways to help them stay calm & focused.

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TIP #2: Children thrive in routine and predictability. No matter what school looks like, maintain the same routines.
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TIP #3: Be thoughtful about your school supplies - involve your child and make it fun.
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TIP #4: Practice for independence ahead of time. Independence equals confidence.
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