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Adjusting to School When You’re the New Kid

by Melissa Thompson


Moving to a new town can be tough on kids.  Leaving behind friends and familiar places is hard enough; add in the anxiety of starting at a new school and it’s a lot for any child to handle. But while change is challenging, it can also be positive.  Here are some tips for helping your children blossom at their new school:

  1. Prepare your children.  Make them part of the process of learning about their new school. Go to orientation together or arrange for a tour.  Older children, especially, will appreciate the opportunity to get the lay of the land and figure out where their classes are before the first day.  Show them where the bathrooms, gymnasium, auditorium and nurse’s office are. If possible, have them introduced to their teachers.  They will feel much more confident when they start if they are not feeling lost.
     
  2. Meet friends before school starts.  Tweens and teens may have the opportunity to try out for and/or join sports teams or band during the summer.  This is a fantastic way for them to meet others with common interests.  For younger children, sign them up for day camps either at the school they will be attending (if offered) or at local rec centers.  If your community has a pool or play area, you will likely meet people there that will be attending the same schools.  Joining a community league sports team is also a great way to meet other kids that you’ll likely see at school as well.
     
  3. Replicate or create first day of school traditions.  If there are things you have always done to celebrate the first day of school, stick with them.  That will give your kids a sense of familiarity and make the change of a new school less dramatic.  If you haven’t established any traditions for back to school, now is a good time to start.  Whether you fix a special breakfast, or take them for a treat at the end of the day, that little extra bit of TLC is sure to make them feel better.  21 Back-to-School Traditions to Try This Year
     
  4. Practice driving to school.  This might sound silly, but the last thing your children need on their first day at a new school is to be late.  If you are driving them to school, choose a weekday to take a test run at the same time you will be driving during the school year.  That way you will have a good idea of what time everyone needs to wake up and be ready to go.  Keep in mind that there will likely be more traffic when school starts, so give yourself a little extra time.  Make sure you know where to drop your children off and pick them up and what the procedures are for the car line.  If you are stressed, your children will be too.  If you know what you are doing, they will feel more confident.  If your children are riding the bus to school, be sure to know where the bus stop is and what time you need to be there.
     
  5. Make sure your children get plenty of sleep.  Anxiety can make it difficult to sleep well.  Sleep deprivation in turn creates more anxiety.  While you can’t force your children to fall asleep, you can create an environment to aid them.  Limit screen time and make sure all electronics are put away before bed time. Set a bed-time routine and stick to it.  With all the changes taking place in their lives, children need the consistency of routine. 6 Tips for Getting Back to a School-Year Bedtime Routine
     
  6. Don’t make it a big deal.  Sometimes the bigger a deal you make something, the more nerve-racking it becomes.  School is everyday business.  Talk openly with your kids about it. Acknowledge that it’s normal to be nervous, but emphasize, that you know they will be ok.  Avoid creating such high expectations that anything less than a perfect experience will feel disappointing to them.

If you are new to the Memphis area and need information about schools, check out these websites:

If you are in the market to buy or sell a home in the Memphis area, contact professional Realtor Melissa Thompson and let her help you with all your real estate needs! Give her a call today at 901-729-9526!

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Back to School - Kitchen Organization Tips!

by Melissa Thompson

It’s that time of year again.  Back to school.  Curb chaotic mornings by organizing your kitchen in a way that makes lunch prep a breeze!  The following tips will help:

  1. MAKE A LIST

Don’t just wing it.By creating a menu of items that you will use for your kids’ lunches, you will not only save time in the mornings (because you won’t spend time trying to decide what to pack in their lunch bag), you will also have a handy, dandy shopping list for when you go grocery shopping.Here are some to get you started.

  1. MAKE YOUR FRIDGE LUNCH BOX FRIENDLY

Organize the space in your refrigerator to make lunch prep quick and easy.Clear plastic bins with labels can be used to divide things up by type of food/drink or by day of the week.Experiment with these ideas and find the one that works best for you:

  1. CREATE A STAGING CENTER

Have a designated spot in the kitchen for lunch prep.A basket or bin for lunch bags/boxes will mean that you will never be frantically searching for them in the morning.Have your kids empty them of containers/trash when they get home from school and place them in the designated area.Keep containers handy and make sure you have enough counter space to accommodate everything you will need.

  1. HAVE A SUPPLY STATION

Clean out a drawer or cabinet near your staging center and keep all your lunch prep supplies in one spot.Stock up on baggies, containers, napkins, straws, plastic utensils, foil, saran wrap etc.

  1. STOCK PANTRY WITH “SCHOOL LUNCH ONLY” ITEMS

Avoid the frustration of going to grab something for your child’s lunch only to discover there is none left.Create an area in your pantry that is only for school lunches.An over the door hanging shoe organizer is a great space-saver and can be used to store school snacks.

Whether you prepare your children’s lunches, or you have them do it themselves, being organized will make the process easier and quicker. 

If you are in the market to buy or sell a home in the Memphis area, contact professional Realtor, Melissa Thompson and let her help you with all your real estate needs. Give her a call at 901-729-9526 today!

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Back to School Drop Zone

by Melissa Thompson

August. How did it get here so fast?  Seems like just yesterday we were buying end of school year teacher gifts and cleaning out book bags.  But the new school year has started and it’s time to get organized so that the transition from summer to school will go as smoothly as possible.  Creating a drop zone for the items your kids need for school will prevent the chaos and craziness that ensues when you’re rushing out the door and book bags/raincoats/lunch boxes are nowhere to be found.  Check out the following tips for creating a back to school drop zone:

KEEP IT SIMPLE

The whole idea is to create a space that can be maintained by your children.  So, keep it simple.  It’s ok if you want to make it cute, but too much “stuff” defeats the purpose of keeping things organized.

DESIGNATE A SPOT THAT IS CONVENIENT

Your kids will be ready to drop their bags the minute they walk through the door, so the drop zone should be easily accessible. Picking the perfect spot will go a long way toward making this system work for your family.

USE HOOKS FOR HANGING BAGS

You can experiment with different ideas to see what works best for you and your family.  Keep book bags off the floor and counter tops by providing hooks for hanging.  Use labels of some sort to designate spots for each child.  

MAKE ROOM FOR IMPORTANT PAPERS 

There is nothing worse than discovering that you have no idea where the permission slip is for your child’s field trip is on the day of the field trip!  It’s probably not the end of the world, but if you have to get to work, chances are you don’t have time to run by the school and sign another slip.  Make sure that never happens by having a special place for important school related papers.

BE CREATIVE

There are so many good ideas for drop zones available on the internet.  Whether you are utilizing a small space or you have a whole mud room to work with, be creative and make it a space that fits in with the décor of your home.

 

http://www.yourkeytomemphis.com/Blog/Luxurious-Laundry-Rooms

http://www.yourkeytomemphis.com/Blog/Quick-Fix-Tricks-to-Make-Your-House-Sparkling-Clean

http://www.yourkeytomemphis.com/Blog/How-Much-Do-Schools-Matter-When-Buying-Your-Home

School Supplies Drives & Tax-Free Weekend

by Melissa Thompson

Tennessee’s sales tax holiday weekend is happening Friday, July 29 through Sunday, July 31. During this weekend clothing $100 or less, school supplies $100 or less and computers $1,500 or less are all tax free. If you can purchase school supplies through your school I highly recommend you do this as it’s so much easier and cheaper, too!

Back to school means back to work for school-aged kids!

Back to school means back to work for school-aged kids!

If you’re looking to help out some local needy kids with much needed school supplies there are several ways you can help!

Fox13 Memphis
Benefiting Communities in Schools Tennessee (CISTN) at Memphis, a drop-out prevention program. through July 30 Donate directly to Communities in Schools, Memphis via PayPal here most needed items

Locations:

  • FOX13 studios at 485 S. Highland
  • Saturday, July 9th: all Knowledge Tree locations including 5000 Summer Ave, 8195 Dexter Road & 2085 Exeter Road (Germantown)
  • Wednesday, July 13: Fox 13 at Poplar Plaza
  • Wednesday, July 27: Jack Pirtle’s Chicken at 3571 Lamar Ave or 2520 Mt Moriah Ave

Purchase supplies online here

Kroger & United Way
Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, 17
supplies needed

Locations:

  • Poplar / Highland | 3444 Plaza Avenue
  • Poplar & Kirby | 6660 Poplar Avenue (Germantown)
  • Riverdale & Shelby | 4770 Riverdale
  • Frayser | 2632 Frayser Blvd.
  • Whitehaven | 1212 E. Shelby Drive

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