Family Meetings

4 MEETINGS EVERY FAMILY OUGHT TO HAVE

 Posted Courtesy of Russell Rhodes SWBC Mortgage

 An unexpected crisis draws families together–it’s almost inevitable. But families should also meet regularly to discuss important topics, both fun and serious. These meetings give each family member the opportunity to contribute and be invested in outcomes that consider everyone’s needs. They make your family stronger, happier, and more harmonious. They make it second nature to come together in crisis, as well as help avoid stress in more mundane matters. Here are four meetings your family should regularly have.
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Gift Giving Guidelines. Is excessive gift-giving causing strain from the desire to reciprocate? Meet on this topic with extended family members. The goal is to reduce the tsunami of gifts that come to your children on birthdays and holidays. Try meeting on this at the end of a visit. Suggest that you all put a limit on the value of gifts you exchange, or have each family member give only one gift to only one other family member. While you can’t force anyone to gift the way you’d like, you can set some limits that will keep things under control. Here are some other strategies to keep gift-giving gracious, instead of stressful.

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Family Safety. A simple conversation can save lives, so make safety issues a regular topic of discussion. Review what to do in case of a fire and agree on a place to meet outside. Decide what to do if separated during a storm, flood, or other natural disasters, and make sure all family members agree on the plan. Remind family members of home safety hazards, such as watching videos in the tub while charging your phone. Kids have more access than ever to questionable pranks they see online, so discuss the dangers these pranks can pose. Empower older kids with a plan of action if they’re home alone and accidentally start a fire, and what to do if someone has a medical emergency. Post emergency numbers in the kitchen put them on all phones, and touch base with neighbors you could call in an emergency. Because emergencies can still happen while away from home, it’s important for everyone in the family to memorize each other’s phone numbers. Remind kids if something happens when you’re not around, they must listen to a police officer or other first responder, teacher, or other adults in charge. Ask extended family members for backup contacts if you can’t reach them. By having these discussions, you’ll be better prepared if disaster strikes.

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Family Vacations. Meeting as a family to decide on a vacation is a great way to keep everyone happy. Share ideas about what a vacation means to each person, and what they think was their best vacations. Keep the focus away from where they went, but instead on how they felt there. Let everyone share the one thing they’d really like to do, then see what vacation choices could satisfy all family members. If nothing satisfies all, have each person make a list, and keep searching for the trip that checks a box for everyone. When taking a vacation with extended family members, be honest and up front about sharing your budget limit, keep in regular contact as plans are made, and be ready to compromise.

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Your Parents’ Future. Discussing the future with aging parents can be stressful, but the earlier you know their desires, the better you can plan to fulfill them. Meet with your parents to make sure they’re set for the future. Meetings can be by texts, emails, or online video conferences. First, meet with siblings, so you’re together on questions and issues. With Mom and Dad, check that they’ve written a will, appointed an executor, and created an advance healthcare directive (living will). Find out where they keep important documents and get contacts for their lawyer and financial person. See if there are any health or safety concerns, and how they plan to cover costs if they need care later on. If parents need assistance now, meet with siblings to coordinate caretaking support. By approaching these topics and discussing personal considerations and desires before choices become urgent, you and your family will save a lot of headaches and heartaches.

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Russell Rhodes
Russell Rhodes
SWBC Mortgage Corporation
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Home Buyers | Jessica Harless | NextHome Realty Center

What’s On Your Must Have List? 2020 Home Buyers

Some Highlights

  • The word “home” is taking on a whole new meaning this year, and buyers are starting to look for new features as they re-think their needs and what’s truly possible.
  • From more outdoor space to virtual classrooms for their children, buyers have a growing list of what they’d like to see in their homes.
  • Let’s connect today if your needs have changed and your wish list is expanding too.

Virtual Classroom |Homes Sold By Jessica Harless |NextHome Realty Center

Some Highlights

  • With remote learning sweeping the nation this academic year, organized spaces with enough room for kids to learn effectively are high on buyer wish lists.
  • If you’re trying to make room for your family’s growing needs, multi-purpose rooms and dedicated workspaces may be features to consider in your next home.
  • Let’s connect today so you can find a home where your kids feel confident and comfortable too.
Home Buyers | Jessica Harless | NextHome Realty Center

What’s On Your Must Have List? 2020 Home Buyers copy

Some Highlights

  • The word “home” is taking on a whole new meaning this year, and buyers are starting to look for new features as they re-think their needs and what’s truly possible.
  • From more outdoor space to virtual classrooms for their children, buyers have a growing list of what they’d like to see in their homes.
  • Let’s connect today if your needs have changed and your wish list is expanding too.

Virtual Classroom |Homes Sold By Jessica Harless |NextHome Realty Center

Some Highlights

  • With remote learning sweeping the nation this academic year, organized spaces with enough room for kids to learn effectively are high on buyer wish lists.
  • If you’re trying to make room for your family’s growing needs, multi-purpose rooms and dedicated workspaces may be features to consider in your next home.
  • Let’s connect today so you can find a home where your kids feel confident and comfortable too.
Homes Sold by JessicaHarless | NextHome Realty Center

Out of the 86 CFISD campuses that received ratings, 32 earned an A, 44 earned a B, nine earned a C and one earned a D. ⁠

Elementary schools⁠: Middle schools: ⁠ High schools⁠:
  • Adam—80 (B)
  • Andre—82 (B)
  • Ault—86 (B)⁠
  • Bane—69 (D)
  • Bang—88 (B)
  • Birkes—93 (A)⁠
  • Black—93 (A)
  • Copeland—92 (A)
  • Danish—90 (A)⁠
  • Duryea—82 (B)
  • Emery—80 (B)
  • Emmott—75 (C)⁠
  • Farney—92 (A)
  • Fiest—83 (B)
  • Francone—72 (C)⁠
  • Frazier—78 (C)
  • Gleason—81 (B)
  • Hairgrove—92 (A)⁠
  • Hamilton—91 (A)
  • Hancock—83 (B)
  • Hemmenway—78 (C)⁠
  • Holbrook—89 (B)
  • Holmsley—80 (B)
  • Hoover—81 (B)⁠
  • Horne—81 (B)
  • Jowell—81(B)
  • Keith—91 (A)⁠
  • Kirk—80 (B)
  • Lamkin—85 (B)
  • Lee—88 (B)⁠
  • Lieder—82 (B)
  • Lowery—83 (B)
  • Matzke—76 (C)⁠
  • McFee—85 (B)
  • Metcalf—81 (B)
  • Millsap—85 (B)⁠
  • Moore—91 (A)
  • Owens—78 (C)
  • Pope—97 (A)⁠
  • Post—84 (B) P
  • ostma—90 (A)
  • Reed—82 (B)⁠
  • Rennell—91 (A)
  • M. Robinson—79 (C)
  • A. Robison—90 (A)⁠
  • Sampson—97 (A)
  • Sheridan—78 (C)
  • Swenke—95 (A)⁠
  • Tipps—85 (B)
  • Walker—81 (B)
  • Warner—95 (A)⁠
  • Wells—93 (A)
  • Willbern—86 (B)
  • Wilson—78 (C)⁠
  • Woodard—90 (A)
  • Yeager—81 (B) ⁠ ⁠
  • Anthony—87 (B)
  • Aragon—91 (A)
  • Arnold—90 (A)⁠
  • Bleyl—97 (A)
  • Campbell—83 (B)
  • Cook—93 (A)⁠
  • Dean—83 (B)
  • Goodson—93 (A)
  • Hamilton—95 (A)⁠
  • Hopper—82 (B)
  • Kahla—84 (B)
  • Labay—90 (A)⁠
  • Salyards—92 (A)
  • Smith—96 (A)
  • Spillane—95 (A)⁠
  • Thornton—82 (B)
  • Truitt—87 (B)
  • Watkins—83 (B)⁠ ⁠
  • Bridgeland—95 (A)
  • Cy-Fair—90 (A)
  • Cypress Creek—89 (B)⁠
  • Cypress Falls—87 (B)
  • Cypress Lakes—86 (B) ⁠
  • Cypress Park—86 (B)
  • Cypress Ranch—93 (A)⁠
  • Cypress Ridge—88 (B)
  • Cypress Springs—83 (B)⁠
  • Cypress Woods—94 (A)
  • Jersey Village—86 (B)⁠
  • Langham Creek—90 (A)

#CypressTX #CFISD ⁠

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CFISD – Back to School Expo 8/10/2019 @ The Berry Center

CFISD – Back to School Expo – in its seventh edition, the annual CFISD Back-to-School Expo is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Berry Center (8877 Barker Cypress Road). The Expo provides a number of helpful resources to incoming students, parents and prospective employees, allowing for a smooth transition into the school district. (note no -Pre-K registration at the expo)⁠

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Schools Out in CFISD!

Let’s take a poll! Are you ready for summer break? Or do you like the consistency of the school year to keep your kids on a schedule? I don’t know about you, but I could use a break from the hectic after school, practices & tournaments, dance & singing lessons, and carpools, as well as, the early bus schedules!⠀
Cypress-Fairbanks ISD
We Love Cypress Texas
#CypressTX

Jomes Sold by Jessica Harless | Nexthome Realty Center

Pet Care – Cypress TX

Looking for a great groomer or wholesome food for your pets? 🦔🐱🐶 Then Natural-Paws Pet Grooming is the place!

Located in the HEB shopping center on Fry Road. Fantastic Groomer; Helpful Staff; All Paws Are Welcome.⠀

CFISD _ Jessica Harless NextHome Realty Center

and The School Year Begins

Where does the time go?  All at once it seems I am the mother of 2 young ladies in middle school and a boisterous lad in second grade!

I am very pleased that my family lives in the master-planned community of Bridgeland in Cypress, Texas, where we have an amazing school district.

If you are looking to make that all important move, always consider the school district and the attendance zone.  Keep in mind if you are moving to a subdivision with lots of new construction, new schools or attendance zone changes are inevitable.  If you are past the age where schools seem unimportant in your decision making; remember good schools improve a home’s resale value.

CFISD information is available online at https://www.cfisd.net/en/ – on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/cyfairisd/  or on Twitter at https://twitter.com/CyFairISD or Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/cyfairisd/ and finally there is an app you can download to your phone from the app store.

CFISD Facts and Stats:

  • 117,758* = student enrollment on Sept. 17, 2018
  • 17,155 = new students over the last 10 years
  • 5,365 = projected student enrollment increase in the next five year
  • 91 campuses (56 elementary schools, 18 middle schools, 12 high schools, 5 special program facilities)
  • 42 new schools built since 2000 (26 elementary schools, 8 middle schools, 6 high schools, 2 special program facilities)
  • 23rd largest district in the nation (Niche.com 2018)
  • 3rd largest district in Texas
  • 2nd largest district in Region 4
  • 49 campuses at least 20 years old
  • 16,231 first-time students in 2017-2018 (8,205 in grades 1-12; 8,026 in kindergarten, pre-kindergarten & early education)

You can download the complete State of the District Fact Sheet at https://www.cfisd.net/download_file/view/27437/488/

 

 

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Cocoa Plants for Haiti - Jessica Harless

Cocoa Plants for Haiti

Houston Food Bank Jessica Harless

Community Service

Volunteering at the Houston Food Bank with Carmen and the Cypress Gems.  That’s 2000 lbs of rice for us to bag, and we had a lot of fun doing it today. Love the hairnets!

The Houston Food Bank, powered by our donors and working in partnership with 600 food pantries, soup kitchens, senior centers and other agencies. Learn more about the Houston Food Bank Get Houston Food Bank FAQ at https://www.houstonfoodbank.org/about-us/faq/

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