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We’re Better Together! THIS LABOR DAY, I APPRECIATE MY TEAM MORE THAN EVER
The American labor market is in a weird place right now. It seems like every time I turn on the TV or pick up a newspaper, I see stories about the shift in our labor culture. There are complaints on both sides. People who were fired or furloughed during COVID-19, for example, are having trouble reentering the workforce, while employers are struggling with a massive labor shortage. I’ve even seen businesses claim that people just aren’t willing to work like they used to. Fortunately, my personal experience has been the opposite! I’m proud to say that everyone on my team here at ADLG — including our attorneys, paralegals, assistants, and administrative staff — worked harder than ever during COVID-19 and continues to do so. Every day, I’m impressed by the way my team takes ownership of the health and well-being of our firm and of our clients. They care so much and it shows in everything they do. Labor Day is coming up this month, and I feel lucky that instead of venting frustrations with the labor market, I’ll be celebrating it with the best team I’ve ever had! It’s crazy to think that when I started this firm, I was all alone. Ever since I convinced our first attorney, Jeanette, to join forces with me, things have continued to improve. Today, the talent we have onboard blows me away! We have 16 team members, including seven attorneys. There’s no way we could help as many individuals and families as we do without every one of them. My employees gave so much to me and ADLG during the pandemic that I feel it’s only right to give something back. I think business owners like me have a duty not to forget the lessons COVID-19 taught us. For me, that included the lesson that many of my team members are truly mature superstars who can work successfully from home.
With that in mind, I made some changes when I brought the team back into the office. They now have more flexibility and freedom to build their own schedules. If they want to work from home one day a week or a few times a month, they can work with me to make it happen!
I’m comfortable with this new normal because my team has proven they can handle their schedules without letting the needs of our clients or our firm fall through the cracks. Giving them more control is my way of meeting those superstars in the middle and letting them shine as self-managers. Not only is this the right move for everyone, but it was also easy to do because we had already created the work-from- home infrastructure and culture of personal responsibility that we needed. This Labor Day, I’m counting my lucky stars. My team is amazing, and after a year apart, we’re finally (almost always) back together in the office. I can’t wait to see what the future holds! “Every day, I’m impressed by the way my team takes ownership of the health and well-being of our firm and of our clients. They care so much and it shows in everything they do.”
Looking for Divorce Support or Help With Custody? Our Virtual Events Have You Covered!
cons of different custody schedules, and the dos and don’ts of your custody case. If you’re worried about your children’s futures, sign up today to get peace of mind. HAPPILY EVER AFTER DIVORCE SUPPORT GROUP MEETING (VIRTUAL SUPPORT GROUP) When: Thursday, Sept. 23, at 6:30 p.m. Register: AtlantaDivorceLawGroup.com/Happily- Ever-After-Divorce-Support-Group When you’re going through a hard time in life like a divorce or custody battle, nothing is more valuable than having a community you can lean on. Our Happily Ever After Divorce Support Group, which meets monthly, can provide that for you! This group is full of kind, supportive people who have been through similar experiences and whom you can lean on for empathy, advice, and a peer
Our complimentary divorce support groups and seminars are available online! Register for these upcoming events to gain knowledge, resources, and emotional support that will help you feel empowered while you go through major life changes.
perspective. You won’t meet alone, though! The group is led by Kathleen Shack, the founder and CEO of Family Solutions Counseling, LLC. She specializes in marriage and family counseling, couples therapy, divorce coaching, and more, and she is an amazing resource for people in your shoes. She’ll help you let go of the “Why?” questions that keep you up at night, explore your feelings of anger and grief, and help you move forward. To learn more and sign up, head to the website above. Here at ADLG, we’re not letting COVID-19 slow us down. Sign up for these virtual events to get the information and support you need without leaving home.
CHILD CUSTODY BOOTCAMP (COMPLIMENTARYWEBINAR) When: Tuesday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. Register: AtlantaDivorceLawGroup.com/ Our‑Seminars
The word “bootcamp” might sound a little extreme, but you really do need to hustle to learn everything necessary about child custody! This is a complicated topic, but our team of experts will walk you through the basics, including the different custody types, how courts decide custody, how to protect your children or grandchildren from parental conflict, the pros and
FROM A SCATTERBRAINED SUMMER TO AN ORDERLY SCHOOL YEAR Hacks to Get Your Kids Organized
CREATE A FUN CHECKLIST FOR SCHOOL TO‑DO’S.
ORGANIZE YOUR SCHOOL LUNCH SUPPLIES. Making your kids’ lunches each morning can be exhausting, but if you put different lunch items (e.g., bags of chips, apples, juice pouches, etc.) in different, easy-to-reach containers, you can turn making school lunches into an assembly line process where your kids do most of the work themselves, teaching them responsibility and taking a load off of your shoulders every school morning. You can even consider making the lunches the night before to lighten up the morning routine!
Summer break (especially for young kiddos) is a lawless time with little meaning that’s punctuated by a vacation or trips to the park and pool. Transitioning children back to the calm, orderly world of the school year can be challenging for both teachers and parents. How can you make sure your kids trade in their summer hats for their school brains? Well, luckily, you can use a few hacks to make that transition brighter, seamless, and even fun.
Spelling out all the tasks your kids have to do before and after school will help them ease back into the routines of going to bed each night and getting up early for school. Plus, it will introduce them to the satisfaction of checking items off a list after completing them. When your kids knowwhat to do and when to do it, it makes your day a little easier! MAKE A COLOR-CODED CLOCK. Lots of kids are visual learners, which means an analog clock will be their best friend when it comes to keeping track of time. Color code different sections of the clock for different parts of the day to help them remember what they’re supposed to be doing, whether it’s blue for breakfast time, orange for homework hour, or purple for their bedtime routine. MAKE SCHOOL SUPPLY CUBBIES. If your child tends to throw their backpack and jackets all over the house, then school supply cubbies could be a game-changer. You could even just label different hooks in your mudroom or hallway if that’s all you have to work with. Whatever the case, when your kids have an established place to put their school stuff, it’s that much easier for them to find as they head out the door in the morning.
PLAN YOUR KIDS’ OUTFITS FOR THE NEXT DAY … OR THE NEXTWEEK.
If they had their way, you know your kiddos would wear the same Spider Man or Elsa T-shirt every day of the week. So, if you want to make sure they look respectable and ready to learn every day, plan out their outfits for the entire school week. This is especially easy if they have a set of hanging cubbies in their closets. Allow them to help choose outfits on a Saturday or Sunday before the new week; it will also help them learn how to dress themselves later in life.
Back-to-school season shouldn’t be hectic — and with a few of these hacks in mind, it won’t be!
Whether you’re hanging out at home or camping with the family, card games are a great way to relax. A single deck is versatile and easy to pack, so if you have one on hand, try these two games that go beyond the classics like War and Go Fish. 1. SLAPJACK (2+ Players, No Jokers) : The goal of this War-style game is to win all of the cards. To start, deal all of the cards face down, then have everyone form their cards into a pile without looking at them. Each player then flips a card face up into the center. Continue doing this until one of the cards played is a jack. When that happens, the first person to slap the jack wins it and the cards beneath! They add them to their deck, and play continues until one player has all of the cards. To keep things interesting, if you accidentally slap a card that isn’t a jack, you have to give up one of your cards to the player with that pile, and if you run out of cards, you can reenter the game by slapping the very next jack. 2. SPAR (2–4 Players, No Ace of Spades or Cards Below 6) : This easy game is played with just 35 cards, and the object is to win the last round (aka trick). To start, deal five cards to each player. Then, have the person to the left of the dealer lay one of their cards face up. Each person in the circle then plays a card in the same suit if they can or another suit if they can’t. Whoever has the highest card in the original suit wins the trick and starts the next one! The winner of the fifth trick wins the game. If you want to keep score, award three points if the winning card is a six, two points if it’s a seven, and one point if it’s an eight or higher. Then play again! We found these games on BicycleCards.com, but you can learn about them and dozens of others by checking out “The Ultimate Book of Family Card Games” by Oliver Ho from your local library.
2 FUN FAMILY CARD GAMES TO PLAYWITH 1 DECK
Concierge Partner’s Corner
What Our Clients Are Saying!
Realtor Tara Reichert
“Allen has made what was the toughest time in my life very bearable. He was professional but also sympathetic to what I was going through. He treated me like a person and not just a paycheck. He was knowledgeable and I would highly recommend him to anyone who asks.” –Lance M. “I wanted to share about my experience with ADLG and just say that they are hands-down the best! I definitely would recommend them to anyone needing a divorce or divorce advice. My attorney, Stephanie Weil, walked me through each and every step of the process and made the divorce ‘easy,’ to say the least. Thank you to the entire ADLG team; you guys are the best!” –Michael O.
Are you looking for a fresh start? One of the best ways to refresh your life after divorce is with a new home. Maybe your current house reminds you of the past, or you left your old home to your ex- partner. Either way, now is the perfect time to look for the place of your dreams to complement your Happily Ever After. When you start your house hunt, we’d highly recommend working with Tara Reichert, a second- generation Realtor with HergGroup at Keller Williams North Atlanta. Tara can guide you through the entire buying process and ensure you find an
affordable, beautiful home that’s a good fit for you and your family. As her bio puts it, “Tara’s true passion for the business comes from being a matchmaker for her clients and helping them turn their dream house into a home.” Tara is licensed to serve Fulton, Gwinnett, Forsyth, Cobb, Cherokee, Dekalb, Dawson, and Hall counties, and her help is just a phone call, text, or email away. Reach out to her today by calling or texting 678-835-8405 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE BEST PLACES TO VISIT IN CROATIA Your Next Affordable Vacation Spot!
SPLIT The second largest city in Croatia (the first being Zagreb) is Split, founded by a Greek colony in the second or third century B.C. Historically, Split enjoyed being an independent city-state many times, and that free spirit is very tangible, as Split is very different from any other city in Croatia. With well-preserved Roman architecture and a multitude of museums, it’s no wonder Split is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Although Croatia was among the first UN countries to open its doors to Americans, always be safe and check the newest regulations before booking your travel. Hopefully you enjoyed learning about this unique, wonderful country!
This gorgeous coastal nation will absolutely blow you away with its beautiful architecture, landscapes, and delicious blend of Mediterranean and Slavic cuisine. Even better, it’s a fairly affordable place to visit! While many travelers land in Zagreb, the beautiful capital city and cultural hub, you wouldn’t want to miss these destinations. DUBROVNIK As the “Pearl of the Adriatic,” this coastal city is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Adriatic Sea. It’s a beautiful city, featuring 13th century walls, marble stone streets, Gothic palaces, breathtaking churches, and an imposing fortress. There’s so much to do in the town square — one of Croatia’s largest and most beautiful — and you’ll
be able to explore many historic structures nearby. Nature also has plenty to offer, with secluded coves and beaches nearby for exploration. PLITVICE LAKES NATIONAL PARK Near the border with Bosnia-Herzegovina, you’ll find one of Croatia’s oldest and most beautiful national parks and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Although it’s quite the drive, you won’t regret it — the park has an outstanding and picturesque series of tufa lakes and caves, all connected by waterfalls. With over 16 interconnected cascading lakes, it’s unlike anything else you’ll see. If you get hungry, you’ll love the nearby National Restaurant Licka Kuca, which is famous for its traditional Croatian preparation of lamb under a cast-iron bell.
3 Tips for Preserving Family History This Grandparents Day Do You Know Your Parents’ Stories?
In many Native American tribes, it’s traditional to gather and tell stories. These tales of the tribe’s achievements and the wisdom of its elders are handed down from generation to generation. They remind the tribe of who they are, where they came from, and what makes them unique. As the Oklahoma Historical Society describes it, this tradition is “an affirmation of community and individual well-being and identity.” This month for National Grandparents Day (Sept. 12), we have a suggestion for you: Create a tradition of storytelling in your family! You don’t have to do this around a campfire. Your living room will work, too. Just be sure you bring all of your family’s living generations together and encourage the grandparents to share their stories.
Seniors have long memories, and they’re the only ones with the charm and magic to relate family history in a way that will inspire your kids. Many of us assume children aren’t interested in history, but when it’s told with detail and nuance, they’re almost always fascinated! Kids love asking questions and learning new things, and you can help them do it. Here are three tips for preserving your family history. 1. DON’T FORGET TO PRESS RECORD. Trust us — you’ll want to remember these stories! You can record your conversation on your cellphone (which should come preloaded with a voice-recording app), an iPad, or a digital recorder. Just remember to test your device first to make sure it works well. 2. SET ASIDE AT LEAST 40 MINUTES TO TALK. In its guide to oral histories, the Hege Library says the ideal length for an interview is 40 minutes to an hour. Make time for at least that much uninterrupted storytelling. If you’d like to continue, take a break at the hour mark! 3. COME PREPARED WITH QUESTIONS. Storytelling is easier for some people than others. To encourage your parents to talk, work with your kids to create a list of questions like, “What games did you play when you were young?” and “What were mealtimes like in your family?” These will inspire them to reflect. (The Smithsonian Institution Archives has a long list of suggestions at SIArchives.si.edu/History/How-Do-Oral-History.)
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