Florida Women's Law Group - August 2019

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AUGUST 2019

GETTING BACK TO SCHOOL

It seems to sneak up on me every year, but here we are in back-to-school season. Just when you really get into the groove of your summer routine, suddenly you’re back to early mornings and a hundred extracurricular events to keep track of — and that’s after you get through all the shopping. When it comes to getting school supplies for my three kids, I’m done running all over town trying to find whatever fancy calculator their math teacher says they need this year. I got Amazon Prime specifically for the “back-to-school” craze. Finding everything all in one place and having it delivered takes a load of stress off my back. Fingers crossed there aren’t any surprises this year. A word of advice to moms of sixth graders out there, next year your child will most likely need the tetanus booster shot, or they won’t be allowed in the school building. I learned this lesson the hard way when my eldest daughter was going into her seventh grade year. I’m sure email reminders were sent out during the summer, but it slipped my mind until it was almost too late. In general, it’s a good idea to check on your child’s immunization records in the summer to ensure they’re ready when school starts again. Thankfully, we haven’t had other back-to- school crises on this magnitude, but I still learn something new every year. This fall in particular is shaping up to be extra hectic at the Quick household. Our kids are now in fifth, eighth, and 11th grades, meaning they all go to separate schools with separate email addresses and event calendars — and I used to think things were tough when they all went to the same building!

in their lives. Our two younger students are excited to be “top dogs” in elementary and middle school with all the extra opportunities and responsibilities that come with the position. As for my eldest, well, the college search is already in full swing. Honestly, my eldest is one of the most driven teenagers I’ve ever met. She already has her list of schools and is on top of her application process which makes things easier on her dad and me. She’s developed self-reliance and perseverance at an early age — she’ll need it if she wants to become a doctor. Try as I might to win her over to pursuing a career in law, my daughter seems dead set on going into medicine. She’s always been into “Grey’s Anatomy,” but maybe we can still lure her to a great legal drama. No matter what field she chooses to study, I know my daughter will do an amazing job. I’m always proud of my kids and their accomplishments, but the back-to-school season is a time that really underscores how fast they’re growing. I’m sure all moms can relate to that feeling. My advice is to take the first day of school to get some much needed “me” time. After all the shopping and scheduling, chances are you need a break. Take some time to sit back, relax, and appreciate how far you and your kids have come.

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Still, for all the running around it takes, it’s great to see the kids reaching important milestones

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