Make a summer to-do list. There are a lot of little things that need to be done between high school graduation and the first day of classes. (Hopefully, your child will talk about many of these things with their guidance counselor in the meeting we just suggested.) These might include meeting deadlines for various forms and payments. And students might need to make selections related to living arrangements, work-study programs, courses, and many other things. As a parent, you aren’t expected to know what all those to-do items are, but it can still be helpful to sit down with your kid at the start of summer and make a list together. Go through the materials they’ve received from school and note down upcoming deadlines and what you’ll need to do. If you or your child has questions about important issues like financial aid, it’s better to identify them now than at the start of the new school year.