"Starting school marks the end of a developmental stage and means huge changes to your family life," Anna says. The trick is to think of those changes as something necessary for your child's development.
A problem for some stay-at-home mums is filling the hours when their child is at school. "When you're used to your day revolving around caring for someone, it can come as a shock when they're not there anymore," Anna says. "The secret is to stay busy, so try creating an activity schedule for yourself."
Finally, be aware that however you feel about your child going to school will probably rub off on them. "Children are very perceptive, so it's important to stay positive," Anna says. "If you feel confident that you and your child can cope, so will they."