I have spent the last few weeks reading about friends preparing for the return of their children to school. Those on the Northern Hemisphere have been back into the routine for quite sometime now. But Downunder, in my state I have two starting tomorrow and come next week the older children begin the academic year. It has felt like things have been starting for awhile though. The book lists, naming and labelling everything, dusting off lunch boxes, trying on school uniform and altering this and that, completing all the paperwork associated with educational institutions…..the to do list is long. But the physical logistics aside there is a lot of emotional endeavour in school readiness. There is the talk about routine and organisation, encouraging the children to be confident in facing a new year, new teacher and new class. As parents we need words of wisdom to soothe the tears and fears and much anxiety that comes with dropping them off at the school gate. And each child experiences these things – the big boy expresses things differently to my youngest school age child – less words and emotion, but the unease is there. I don’t know how you are going but I am exhausted……I need these words tonight.