Summer isn't quite as carefree as it used to be for kids, but maybe that's not such a bad thing.

FOX's Lisa Brady presents "FOX on Family":

When I was a kid, 'summer homework' wasn't a thing. Now it happens even in younger grades:

(Scrivner) "For instance if you read this many books, you might get this little prize. And then they'll say to the parents here are some math websites for your kids."

So, not necessarily mandatory. But licensed professional counselor Elizabeth Scrivner of Park Cities Counseling, says it's worth it t keep kids on target so they don't spend part of the new school year getting back up to speed.

And if they're behind use the summer:

(Scrivner) "Take it on as a family or with a tutor or online and get them caught up."

It doesn't have to be every day or a lot of time. Scrivner says parents have to decide and then don't give up:

(Scrivner) "I think it's common to bite off more than we can chew and then we just put our hands up and say forget it. Or if we misstep then it's like I'm done, I've messed up as a mother, I did not withhold the first part of summer, all we did was go to the lake."

She says rewarding the effort can help and sprinkling a little work into summer fun can take a lot of pressure off the school year.

With FOX on Family, I'm Lisa Brady.

Follow Elizabeth Scrivner on Twitter: @EAScrivner
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