Most parents agree that getting the kids ready for the school year is not an easy undertaking. Juggling budgets with our needs and wants can give the best of us an anxiety attack. How do we get it all together? The papers and magazines are just chock full of advice and helpful hints from experts on avoiding the annual rush.
We're advised to start preparing now for the big day. Here are a few of their helpful hints:
* Shop for the basics -- underwear, socks, pens, pencils, notebooks, etc. Save some clothing purchases until after school begins so your child can see what everyone else is wearing.
There are two big problems with that advice. Shopping for underwear is not a big priority for kids. Most wouldn't be caught dead in the "Fruit of the Loom" section. As far as waiting to see what everyone else is wearing, the way my luck usually runs, one kid will come home gushing about an outfit "that is so-o-o cute and only costs $104," including the earrings.
L * Limit television viewing, it's easier during rerun season.
Evidently this expert has never heard about "90210" or "Melrose Place."
* Develop a lunch menu of easy, healthy meals.
Sounds great, but how do you convince your skeptical kid to eat that wonderful veggie stuffed into a whole-wheat pita pocket while the whole world stares across the lunch table at him in utter disgust and disbelief.
* Train your children to get up on time. Wake them up 15 minutes earlier every day until the desired time is reached.
This one really sounds good. It took some effort to figure out, but I gave it a go. Desired wake-up time: 6 a.m. Actual wake-up time: noon. Difference: six hours.
According to my calculations, I should have started this one sometime back in July.
So much for good advice
* Budgetary blues have changed the driver education program for county students. If enough students sign up, the classes will be offered at night, for a fee. Otherwise, schools will not offer the courses.
High school students will pay $267 for an evening drivers education course this year.
The program will be offered at all high schools only if a minimum of 720 students sign up for the course by Oct. 1.
The magic "720" enrollment is needed to make the program self-supporting, an idea the Board of Education supported after the State General Assembly cut funding for the day school program.
Classes will be offered from 7 to 9 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays. Fall and spring sessions are planned. The fall session is scheduled from Oct. 26 to Dec. 16 and the spring session from Feb. 22 to April 7.
Course registration will be by mail, with forms available through high school guidance offices.
All registrations must be received by Oct. 1.
For more details, call Robert Sharp at 224-5417.
Tickets are still available for the Rockview Beach Improvement Association's Crab Feast from 2 to 6 p.m. Aug. 22, at the community hall at East and Edna roads.
Hot and spicy steamed crabs, crab soup, corn on the cob, hot dogs, beer and soda are included in the $12.50 per person price.
To order tickets, call Sue at 255-1105.
* Shopaholics, don't miss the Pasadena Girl Scout Cluster's flea market, crafts and baked goods sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 22 at the Pasadena United Methodist Church, 61 Ritchie Highway.
A few spaces are still available for $10 each.
Along with lots of bargains, including baseball cards and food, the cluster also will have a table at the event.
Donations for the table will be accepted from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the church. No large furniture or appliances will be accepted.
To reserve a space or for more details, call 544-1021 or 437-9403.
* The Chesapeake Christian Center Church of God, 7975 Tick Neck Road, invites everyone to attend Vacation Bible School.
Sessions are scheduled at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 23 and at 7 p.m. daily, Aug. 24-26.
The theme, "It's Party Time," will feature memory verses, Bible stories, games, fun, contests, refreshments and lots of excitement.
For more details, call Pastor Glen Morris at 255-3168.