How to Get Your Child Prepared for Boarding School

How to Get Your Child Prepared for Boarding School

A boarding school is, at times, the best educational option for a child. However, you must prepare your child adequately for him to enjoy the experience. Your child will be away from home and in the company of strangers for the first time. He will interact with children from different cultures and backgrounds. He will also have to adjust to a new school and personal schedule. Luckily, children are quick to adapt to a new environment if they are well prepared. Here are some tips on how to prepare your child for a boarding school.

1. Start Talking about it Early

Your child needs to understand your decision to transfer him to a boarding school. Do not wait until a couple of weeks before the school term starts to inform him of the decision. As soon as you make the decision, start talking to him about it. Let the child know what to expect in the new environment, including the challenges involved. Allow him to ask questions and express any fears about the change. Remain positive while talking about it because your child will adapt towards the change.

2. Teach Your Child Independence

One of the greatest challenges that your child may face at a boarding school is learning to do everything on his own. Teach your child how to keep his room, school items, and personal belongings organized. In fact, you need to teach your child independence even if you are unsure about enrolling him in a boarding school. Talk to the new school and find out the tasks that children do on their own. Teach your child to do those tasks at home without your help.

3. Choose Appropriate Clothing

If the boarding room has a no uniform policy, go shopping with your child. Give him the opportunity to pick the clothes he wants to wear in his new school, but make sure that the clothes are appropriate as well. Dolce & Gabbana Kids has a wide collection of kids’ clothes and items that would be perfect for a boarding school environment.

4. Assure Him of Regular Visits and Contact

Most schools allow parents to visit their kids on weekends and public holidays. You may be considering a boarding school because of a busy work schedule. Include regular visits in your schedule and talk to your child about it. Explore all means of keeping in touch including phone calls, email, or Skype. It is normal for a child to feel homesick, but if you stay in touch and visit often, the homesickness will not affect their learning.


Your child’s experience in a boarding school depends on how well you prepare him for the new environment. While kids adapt fast to a new environment, you need to start the process early. Involve him in the decision making process and explain the reasons for choosing a boarding school. Encourage him to express his concerns and worries and assure him of your support and regular visits. Remember to keep your promises and stay positive about the change.


Celebration of the Breast Calendars

With Holly Milkowski of Mama's Milk, No Chaser

We are excited to announce these new Celebration of the Breast Calendars from Mama's Milk, No Chaser. Holly Milkowski writes, "This is an idea that was inspired by Nicole Deelah of Sage Beginnings Doula Services, and professionally shot by Blue Fitzcarraldo of Blue Fitz Photography. We had an open call for any and all women who wished to be involved and welcomed those who wanted to participate in either version of the calendar [Vital or Taboo]."

Milkowski continues, "It was a fun and beautiful project to work on. Each month explores different themes that speak of the female breast’s power: what it is, how it works, what it looks like, what it does, its simultaneous oppression and influence. We have within this calendar a monthly cycle framing the history and functions of the very body part that defines our species."

"The female breast is life-giving. Fascinating. Unique. A marker of milestones. Misunderstood. All the while, totally, utterly normal. For a variety of reasons, we believe everyone benefits from getting used to seeing breasts — especially used as biologically intended, reflected in art, for education, or otherwise for sexual expression as the owner of the breast chooses."

Milkowski and her team made two versions of this calendar. *


is bright and gorgeous. Perfect for an office wall, or a kitchen fridge.


is provocative and challenges social expectations. (Please be aware this calendar contains what some may consider to be mature themes and/or suggestive imagery).

* Images above are examples of what you’ll find inside. 

Too hard to choose? If you decide to purchase both in the same order, you will receive a special discount — a savings of $10! Better yet, all proceeds go to a great cause (read more on that below).

THANK YOU for supporting The Breast better than any bra ever could. 🙂

U.S. shipping is included; for international orders, please email


About the Proceeds 
Proceeds from these calendars will go directly to The INTACT Network and Intact Houston. These are not-for-profit organizations directed by Saving Our Sons, whose mission is to bring an end to the forced genital cutting of minors and ensure equal genital autonomy rights for all. All funds donated are used for educational materials, hosting local awareness-raising events/presentations, and protecting those who are at risk of unnecessary genital harm.

Tree of Life Artistic Breastfeeding Photos

Mothers everywhere are creating and celebrating gorgeous tree of life breastfeeding art photos this month with the help of the PicsArt app.

To create your own, follow the directions below, and share with peaceful parenting on Facebook to have your photo added to this album of beautiful celebration.


  • Download the PicsArt app to your phone.
  • Choose/save a breastfeeding photo you like.
  • Using Google, search for "transparent tree of life" or "transparent tree with roots" or save an image with a white background. We have a few options at the bottom of this page that you can use. UPDATE: Because of the popularity of these tree of life breastfeeding photos, PicsArt has added a variety of trees to its stickers that can be used right from the app. Directions to select a pre-made sticker from the app are below.
  • Click "Edit" and select your breastfeeding photo.
  • Use "Tools" to crop to a 1:1 square size for profile images.
  • Click "Magic" and select your filter. Adjust filter intensity to your liking.
  • Click "Apply" to save.
  • Scroll over select "Add Photo." Add your tree photo and adjust its size and orientation. UPDATE: PicsArt now has trees in its stickers file. To use one already in the app, click "Add Ons," select "Tree of Life" click the "Free/Use" button at the bottom. This will add the tree stickers to your tool bar. Go back to your main image, find the "Sticker" tab, and select the tree you'd like to use.
  • Decrease opacity or color of your tree to your liking, stretch/alter size and orientation, and click "Blend" to alter the way the tree overlay looks. This will also eliminate white backgrounds for non-transparent tree images.
  • When you are finished "Save and Share" (to yourself only if you'd like this to remain private on your phone PicsApp account).
  • Upload your image anywhere you'd like it to be used.

Happy Breastfeeding!

Related Resources: 

Good Breastfeeding Books

The Breastfeeding Discussion Group (for nursing mothers and IBCLCs)

Articles at Peaceful Parenting (scroll to bottom)

Breastfeeding Info Packets and Stash Items (encouragement for expecting and nursing moms)

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Tree of Life Images that will work for overlays:
Note that PicsArt has now added their own trees in the "Add Ons" option for ease of use.


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