When children have two parents who live together or live apart due to a divorce, it's important that they know that they are united in supporting the child's venture into the new school year. Make sure every day each parent talks with the child about their day and sets up a routine for having a snack after school, doing homework, and playing.
Start the name calling and pouty faces. I'm giving summer an unwanted guest... school work. Yes, I know it's going to be 80 plus degrees out and there are sand castles to be built and bikes to ride. My girls will get to do all that and then some. But, they're also going to be reading and brushing up on their skills. Yes, even in the summer.