It’s perhaps the hardest part of growing up. Your little one’s first day of school. But as WWJ’s Kathryn Larson finds out — one mom knows the tricks to avoid the tears and tissue, because she handles that kind of pressure each year.

Just a few more days for St. Clair Shores mom Holly Sewell to enjoy digging in the dirt with her 2-year-old twins Joshua and Jake. Once the school year starts back up — she’ll be known by her other moniker, Mrs. Holly.

The 16 year Shores Child Care Center teacher says the first day is always tough, but she says getting your kids started off on the right foot is crucial.

She says the best building blocks to a great first day — include a lot of routine at home and a good breakfast, “… they’re going to need a lot of energy on their first day of pre-school, because they’re going to be exploring — meeting new friends,” Holly said.

In fact, Mrs. Holly tells us that the first goodbye is typically more difficult for the parents than the kids.

It’s best to keep it short and sweet when you say goodbye Holly explained, “Say mommy and daddy love you very much and want you to have a fun day today. She adds, “Don’t try to overwhelm your child too much by talking about all the things. They might get scared and not know how to react.”

Mrs. Holly says her biggest no-no that can turn a first day into a tearjerker is extending your visit. Holly reassures parents saying, “They’re okay even though they’re crying and you’re upset.”

Mrs. Holly says first days aren’t rocket science. It’s all about having fun.

Check out our complete back to school guide.


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