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Available Experts - Helping kids navigate the challenges of back-to-school season

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Queen’s University professors Dr. Wendy Craig and Dr. Lynda Colgan are available for comment on ways parents can help their kids navigate the personal and social challenges that often accompany back-to-school season.

“We know that children tend to do and believe the same things their parents do,” says Dr. Colgan. “What parents say and do in their daily lives can help children to develop positive attitudes toward school and learning, and build confidence in themselves as learners.”

Dr. Colgan is a professor with the Faculty of Education at Queen’s with special focus on education and parent involvement. “When parents talk positively about making mistakes, kids start to think of them as a natural part of the learning process,” she says.

“Starting back to school can be fun and exciting, but it can also be a time of stress and anxiety,” says Dr. Wendy Craig. “Parents can be active agents in supporting their child making a safe and successful transition to school.” Dr. Craig is the Head of Psychology at Queen’s University and co-director of PREVnet, a network of 130 leading Canadian research scientists and 62 national youth-serving organizations that aims to stop bullying in Canada and promote safe and healthy relationships for all children and youth.

To arrange an interview, please contact Communications Officers Dave Rideout (613.533.6000 ext. 79648 or dave.rideout@queensu.ca) or Anne Craig (613.533.2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca) at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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