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FranklyStein: Feeling good about the first day of school

Today is my kids’ first day back at school.

While I love summer and the “stress-free” living, this is the first year I’m not dreading the start of school.

I’m going to relish those uninterrupted hours between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. to get work done. The kids’ activities this summer had me squeezing work into the nooks and crannies of the day and quite frankly, it was exhausting. And now that they are older and a bit more self sufficient, school and homework are not as demanding for me. Gone are the days that I had to stand over them and help with every math problem and science question—at least for most of them. And I’m hoping for another peaceful year for my child with ADHD.

This is the last year that all four kids will be at the same school. Next year, my oldest will be off to high school and life will be a little different. But that’s a whole year away.

For now, my plan is to drop them off at school and soak in the peace of being all alone in the car. I’ll be in charge of the radio, and I might not even turn it on. I can stop at a coffee shop and only have to buy something for myself. And for six and a half hours, the day is mine. I can work without stopping if I so choose. I can even meet a friend for lunch.

Ah school. Welcome back.

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FranklyStein is a blog by Chesapeake Family Magazine editor Betsy Stein who lives in Catonsville with her husband, Chris, and four children, Maggie, 13, Lilly, 11, Adam, 11, and Jonah, 7.


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