Elementor #3101

A Teachers' Advice on Back to School!

So with Season 1 of The Kids Are All Right! podcast completed and Season 2 coming up very soon, we decided to put out a special Bonus Episode today where we speak with a primary school teacher who has some brilliant advice for kids on what they should do to get themselves ready for back to school!

We talk with primary school teacher Áine Murray from Ashbourne Educate Together school who has also written a book called ‘The Pain in the Chest’ which helps kids understand and manage their worries.

With a background in psychology, Áine understands that most kids will have some worries about going back to school; whether it’s about losing their summer freedom, getting back to daily homework and routines, or more severe separation anxiety about leaving the comfiness of the family home and loved ones to spend large amounts of their time in school.

Áine encourages any kid that has any kind of worries about going back to school….or in fact any kind of worries at all, to speak with a trusted adult about these. Her motto is ‘When we Talk, our Worries Walk!’ Taking our worries out of our heads and talking about them with a trusted adult, stops them growing and takes their power over us away.

The girl who features in her book has lots of worries as she grows up, but at the end of the book she decides to talk to her Mom about her anxiety that’s she been carrying along for years and then she feels so much better.

Áine also gives us her top tips as to what kids can do to help them prepare themselves for back to school. Buster and Buddy have never been so ready for the new school year!


Michelle and her team have a collective 50years experience working with kids as teachers, entertainers and parents!



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Áine Murray

Áine is a Primary School Teacher and Children’s Book Author from Navan, Meath. She is currently teaching 4th class in Ashboune ETNS – and loves it!

As well as teaching, Áine has an Undergraduate Degree in Psychology. She is passionate about her teaching and has a particular interest in young mental health, which can be seen in her new picture book. It is called “The Pain the Chest” and it tackles the issue of anxiety through rhyme and beautiful illustrations. The book reaches all primary school ages from 4-12years, and is an excellent resource for teachers and parents to start the conversation about mental health with their young person.

It introduces the language of anxiety, allows for reflection on what anxiety might look like, and normalises talking about our feelings in a child friendly way. It is engaging, inclusive and most of all, important.


Áine believes it is important to learn about your own Mental Health from a young age, and she really loved chatting to Buddy and Buster all about it!



The new edition of the book is currently in print with O’Brien Press. Once this is ready for the public, we’ll let you know!