Parents and guardians get sound advice to help the children in their households makemajor transitions as they enter new schools this fall. LISTEN TO THE ENTIRE SHOW:

Krista DeFilipo Barnabas Health Institute for Prevention (Townsquare Media NJ)

On WOBM-AM's Townsquare Tonight, Barnabas Health Institute for Prevention, Prevention Specialist Krista Defilipo says a school tour and a promise that you'll return can help relieve stress for preschoolers entering full-time kindergarten.

"And having perhaps something for both you and them to look forward to when the school day ends, maybe going for a special treat if they've done a good job at the end of the school day," said Defilipo

Defilipo said 6th graders moving into Middle School this fall is perhaps the most jolting transitions as they enter new schools and mix with older students that seem light years ahead of them.

"Opening the lines of communication, just getting them prepared to face different and new challenges around making friends, maintaining friendships, dealing with peer pressure," she said.

Defilipo also explains it's also never too late to talk to tweens about dating, smoking, alcohol and drugs.

Teens in high school, on the other hand, tend to be more guarded, said Defilipo. It takes them a while to warm up to and trust adults. However, she said parents should encourage them to avoid the drama in their school as well as peer pressure and be their own person, even if they're in the process of discovering who they really are.

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