School is back in session; tax free weekend is over so now we will see a retail dash for missed school supplies or forgotten articles of clothing.  If there is a new school gadget that the kids are needing I haven’t heard of it.  Schools now have their own wi-fi, and maybe even a library full of tablets for the students to check out.  Education has come a long way from the days of a hand-held chalk board.  Many teachers will have students turn in projects over the internet or have their students access the internet during class.  Computers, smart phones, tablets, we are living in an interesting time, a time where information is at our finger tips but is this preparing future generations for a dramatic fall?

Information overload, the need to get the one right answer, the ability to seek information without interacting with another person.  Let’s be clear, not everything on the internet is true.  We cannot allow our youth to take what they find on the internet at face value.  Students need to continue to consult experts in the field of knowledge…real people not a blog or Facebook articles.   They need to continue to have discussions with their peers, their teachers and their parents.

Lastly and in my opinion most importantly, the students need their parents support.  I am NOT talking about crazy soccer parent support.  I am talking about going back to the basics of human decency, manners, courtesy, respecting everyone’s opinion, everyone’s bubble, etc.  Above all I think that children need to be taught how to be gracious WINNERS again.

When my son was starting high school football my dad told my son, “If you ever get the chance to score a touchdown, act like you have been their before.”  Yes, that pretty much came out of nowhere.  I could see the wheels going in my son’s head, he was thinking past the obvious meaning and starting to understand the deeper meaning.  Winners win because they prepare to win.  Winners don’t win because they berate the other team.  Winners don’t when by cheating.  Winners don’t win because they have the best touchdown celebration.  Winners win because they practice winning.

“I hate to lose more than I love winning. —Jimmy Connors

So, school is back in session.  Be mindful of the school zone and the big yellow school buses picking up and dropping off children.  Be on the lookout for unexpected little bikers that haven’t quite go the hang of riding their bike but are so excited to have the independence to ride to and from school.  It’s going to be a GREAT school year; the weather is slowly getting cooler and football will be here soon.

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backtoschool Magnolia Independent School District has it’s first day of school:


Believe it, summer is official over.  Texas Tax Free weekend is going on RIGHT NOW!!  But don’t be the parent to deliver your kids on Monday, that would show that your just a little to eager for school to start.  It’s time to fill up those brains with more knowledge, more reading and writing and more communicating with peers in a real world like setting.  It’s time for facebook and twitter to have a time out.  That’s right it’s time to have the youth actually talk to each other face to face…kinda like mom and dad has to do every day at their work.  Work…. you know the application that provides money, money that is spent on food oh, and those fancy phones that can not only read this blog, but re-post it on twenty plus social websites.

I understand the excitement of school from a relocation standpoint.  My family moved from one state to another and I started the school year knowing only one person in my grade.  I am glad to say that we are still friends today.  New town, new home, new subdivision, new friends, new adventures….opportunities are around every corner.  Nobody knows about that fashion flub or that piece of toilet paper that was stuck to your shoe after your visit to the bathroom.  They will just know you for what you have done in the past couple of minutes.  Hopefully your subdivision welcomes you with a gift basket or at least a couple of your neighbors say hello instead of just starring.

So school is starting, have you joined the PTO?  Why not???? Get involved even if it’s just your email address on a mailing list and a donation to the “help the school” fund.  This is your community now and you have the power to make it the best in the nation.  Check out the Neighborhood Watch, the home owners association, the volunteer fire department, Chamber of Commerce, Varsity Football Games, be a band booster.  Get out in your community and re-visit why you moved here in the first place.

School is starting, let the good times roll.  If your new to the area and you would like suggestions on restaurants, dentist, doctor, lawyer, handyman, septic company…anything that would make you feel more comfortable here in Magnolia, Texas please drop me a line at  As a local REALTOR I know a lot about our community and I would love the opportunity to help you to……



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