• mom and child preapring for school

    In transit
    1. “There are many things that could go wrong en route to school: bad traffic, floods during rainy season, car trouble, etc. As much as possible, I drop off and pick my kids up myself, but when I am not available, I make sure that they are with a reliable driver and househelp and that I’m in touch with them by phone. Make sure you send your kids only with helpers that you trust and have been with you for a while, and a driver whose first concern is their safety. Give them both a cell phone so you can easily reach them and they can call you anytime.” — Sonaal Nandwani, mom to Devesh, 6, and Ritasha, 5

    2. “Before school starts, I make sure that my children meet the school-bus operator, driver, and assistants who will take my kids to school and back home. This way, there will be no surprises, and my kids can start trusting them — an issue I’d rather not deal with on the already-eventful first day of school.” — Joan Recto, entrepreneur; mom to Martina, 10, and Charlize, 6

    On the dangers with strangers
    3. “To prepare for the possibility of getting lost, equip your child with pertinent information. Our firstborn knows our address, cell phone numbers, and our home phone number. If, for some reason, she gets lost or is left behind by the school bus, she can contact us herself.” — Phoebe Lucero, mom to Danae, 7, and Noelle, 3

    4. “As a precaution against kidnapping, explain to your child thoroughly the possible scenarios. Give a true story as an example. Teach your child not to talk to strangers and to be careful when faced with a different situation. Remind him to always be with someone he knows. Tell him to inform school authorities about what he is about to do and to ask for help on where to go or what to do.” — Kim Esguerra, operations manager, mom to Aia, 7

    5. “To counter bullying, we need to prepare our children to handle it. I have taught our eldest daughter not to engage the bully, to walk away, and to seek an adult’s help.” — Phoebe Lucero

    On equipment safety
    6. “Always road-test your children’s new stuff. This is what we always do with new things. I let my kids open and close lunchboxes, open and reseal water jugs, test-pull trolley bags, and run in leather school shoes we plan to buy [to ensure comfort]. Cute items don’t cut it for me — my kids need to be able to easily operate them or else I’d move on to the next find.” — Kathleen Sumilang, mom to Rafa, 6, and Yeshua, 4

    7. “I’ve taught my son how to properly use and hand over scissors, cutters, and other pointed objects: Use them away from the body, and pass them on with the sharp end facing inward.” — Mitch Chua, mom to Gabe, 5

    On hygiene and health
    8. “To avoid common illnesses, teach your child to wash hands properly. Also, pack a small bottle of alcohol or hand sanitizer in his school bag.” — Kim Esguerra

    9. “Our son will be bringing his own snacks and food, so that’s one less thing I have to worry about. [As for the issue of] dengue, I stick a mosquito patch onto his uniform. We moms have to be vigilant and consistent in doing that daily. Pack an extra set of clothes or at least a face towel in your child’s bag. Since our kids are very active and sweat a lot, they can avoid getting sick by changing clothes or toweling themselves dry after play, especially if they are in air-conditioned classrooms.” — Macy Mumar, mom to Lorenzo, 6, and Mateo, 3

    New-school nerves
    10. “Since it’s my eldest son’s first time in a big school, I worry that he might get lost in such a big place. Having a tour of the premises beforehand, however, is helpful. We hope that he would at least be familiar with the places he will frequent. The tour will also make him feel a bit ready and secure, and hopefully, he would not be so scared of the place he’ll be going to for the first time (alone)!” — Macy Mumar

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