“Come on.don’t you want to do this? I promise I won’t tell any of the others. We can just have some fun and no one would know!” Her voice now held the hint of sarcasm as her hands reached for his belt once more.

Don’t let the preschoolers do the first grade workbooks. They see older children doing it and it looks so fun. Make it a special part of first grade, that only those special first graders get to do. Then when your preschooler gets to first grade, it will be new and exciting.

When driving on the Interstate, maintain the speed limit. Gas mileage usually decreases at speeds above 60 mph. And of course, observing the speed limit is safer.

Children know they have time set aside for the regular activities in their lives. They get up the same time each morning to go to school and go to bed at the same time each night. They have a daily time for play, doing school work and chores, and they begin to learn that a schedule helps them accomplish more. Your child will benefit from having a consistent routine but it is also important to teach them flexibility. You know, like when life happens!

So, they are rested and fed and well on their way. Hopefully, their school day will have been a fun and educational experience. And, now you have to help them get back into the ‘homework and study’ mode. It’s a daunting task, but the sooner you start, the better the results (hopefully). Try setting a time for homework each day and have your kids stick with it. If your kids participate in after school activities, sometimes it can be difficult. My youngest studies Tang Soo Do at least four days a week. So, we try and set his homework time after karate class, while i am making dinner. He sits at the kitchen table, where I can help him as needed. Older kids should be able to set their own time, but you might need to give them a gentle nudge in the right direction every now and then.

Create a supply list and go over it with your child. Make sure you have everything you need before classes start. Otherwise, you will find reasons to delay or cancel classes as you run back and forth for supplies. Place everything in the appropriate bins and areas for easy use later.

Immunizations. Make sure your child has all of the shots required by your school district, and as an added precaution, consult your pediatrician about any other immunizations that might be recommended. With an almost certain reappearance of the H1N1 virus this fall flu season, your doctor is highly likely to recommend a flu shot.