1 Cor. 14:40 But be sure that everything is done properly and in order. The beginning of the school year offers families the opportunity to settle into a routine that is functional and produces desired results. Parents can put things into practice that guarantee the best outcome.

Chaos is usually the result of failure to plan. Children thrive when there is structure. We don't get a return visit of today; we should make the most of it. There is a proper and right way to do things. Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Dr. Kevin Leman says "too many parents train their children down instead of up". He goes on to say "they speak for them, think for them, make decisions for them, and fight their battles for them and in doing so they disable them." Your role is that of the coach in training your child to be responsible and successful.

Many capable students fail simply because of lack of self discipline to carry out the task of homework and study. Turn the television off during a set time each evening for a family activity or to talk about the day. I cannot think of anything that wastes more time than television. I recommend a family devotional where you as a family discuss a scripture verse each day. This will unite you as a family and ground you in what is most important. Joshua 1:8 Study this Book of the Law continually. Meditate on it day and night so you may be sure to obey all that is written in it. Only then will you succeed.