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Plunket has a new parenting columnist. His name’s Jay and he’s here to offer you laughs, a digital bro hug, and some occasionally helpful advice.

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(Disclaimer: If issues are raised that are concerning or in need of more professional advice, Jay will be in contact with our PlunketLine nurses so parents/caregivers receive the support they need. Arohanui.)

Dadvice: Starting daycare aka "Parental Guilt Tipping Point"

My son has just started daycare and it’s AWFUL! Does it ever stop being awful?? He’s so sad and moody, and even went on a hunger strike when he was there yesterday. Any tips for how to deal with the transition? I think he might be teething as well, which isn’t helping. - K
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