Back-to-School Bedtime Routine Tips


 

Back-to-School Bedtime Routine Tips

 

A new school year is upon us, which means readjusting summer sleep schedules.

 

Experts recommend prepping for school-year routines two weeks in advance but, sometimes, the bittersweet end of summer vacation catches many of us unawares.

 

Here is some helpful advice to help little ones adjust quickly to new routines.

 

Make slow changes

 

Neither adults nor children adjust to changes that are made in one fell swoop.

 

When adjusting bedtimes, move them earlier only by 5 to 15 minutes at a time, every two or three days. This will help you and your children feel less groggy in the morning.

 

Children under 12 years old need between 10 to 11 hours of sleep, while older children need eight to nine hours.

 

Work together as a family

 

Children will feel better going to sleep early if they have an example to follow. That doesn’t mean your bedtime should be as early as 7:30 or 8 p.m., too.

 

Finish up any homework soon after dinner, and get ready for the next school day together. Having backpacks and lunches packed and any parental forms signed will help the next morning’s rush go much smoother.

 

Start having more calming family activities an hour before your children’s intended bedtimes. Avoid the TV and smartphones and together choose a book to read, or help them with a calming bath.

 

Turn off your devices

 

Blue light from electronics can stimulate the mind too much before bedtime.

 

Turn off the TV or smartphones and dim bedroom lights an hour before to start calming the mind down. Try having a charging station in the kitchen or another shared space where everyone can store their devices for the evening.

 

Are you using your phone as your alarm? Try going analog or looking into some of the alarm clocks we’ve recommended for Daylight Saving Time

 

Promote positivity

 

There may be some struggles having earlier bedtimes, but remain patient and positive for you and your child.

 

If children — especially very young ones — see bedtime as a positive activity rather than a punishment, they’ll be less likely to resist the new schedule.

 

Counter any last-minute requests by incorporating them into your children’s new routine. Experts say that if children’s routines keep getting interrupted, the harder it will be for them to adjust.

 

Read more back-to-school advice on our blog:

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10 Must-See Open Houses


 

Enjoy your weekend with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and our amazing agents at these properties.

 

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12240 Pecan Forest Drive | North Dallas | $4,295,000

 

10 Must-See Open Houses

4300 Lomo Alto Drive #4 | Highland Park | $1,750,000

 

10 Must-See Open Houses

6451 Stefani Drive | Preston Hollow | $1,600,000

 

10 Must-See Open Houses

2824 Daniel Court | University Park | $849,000

 

10 Must-See Open Houses

6014 Palo Pinto Avenue | Lakewood | $799,900

 

10 Must-See Open Houses

4310 Buena Vista Street #17 | Knox-Travis | $595,000

 

10 Must-See Open Houses

9601 Milltrail Drive | Lake Highlands | $549,900

 

10 Must-See Open Houses

3816 Roseland Avenue #D100 | Uptown | $519,500

 

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11009 Fern Hollow Drive | Lake Highlands | $389,000

 

10 Must-See Open Houses

421 N. Cavender Street | Oak Cliff | $339,000

 

To view all our open houses and discover dates and times, visit openhouse.daveperrymiller.com.

Laura Michelle, Dave Perry-Miller Market HP Custom Build


The very finest quality in a sterling location! This outstanding Highland Park home, custom built in 2007 by Nickey Oates, offers exceptional design and craftsmanship. Prominently located on a wide, private corner lot, it features a gourmet kitchen opening on to a den with a beamed ceiling, and has French doors leading to a terrace overlooking the Southern Botanical grounds and a  pool. The master suite has separate His & Her marble bathrooms and dressing rooms. There are guest quarters above the 3-car garage. It’s also elevator equipped. Listed by Laura Michelle and Dave Perry-Miller of the Perry-Miller Streiff Group for $3,695,000.

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Redd Offers University Park Home with Relaxed Hill Country Vibe


Stunning style steps forward in this Hill Country-inspired modern beauty built by Todd James. Offered for $1,995,000 by Sharon Redd of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, this home for sale in Dallas at 2708 Stanford (2708stanford.daveperrymiller.com) boasts 5,335 square feet that include a formal dining room, study, great room, five bedrooms (each with their own bathroom), two half baths, gourmet kitchen, game room, and two-car garage.

Sharon Redd of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate is representing 2708 Stanford Avenue in University Park.
Sharon Redd of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate is representing 2708 Stanford Avenue in University Park.

“This home really offers the best of indoor-outdoor living,” says Redd. “The natural materials and artisan finishes complement all the beautiful windows and French doors that connect the interior to nature.”

Sharon Redd of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate is representing 2708 Stanford Avenue in University Park.
Sharon Redd of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate is representing 2708 Stanford Avenue in University Park.
Sharon Redd of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate is representing 2708 Stanford Avenue in University Park.
Sharon Redd of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate is representing 2708 Stanford Avenue in University Park.
Sharon Redd of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate is representing 2708 Stanford Avenue in University Park.
Sharon Redd of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate is representing 2708 Stanford Avenue in University Park.

Stone, rustic beams, and an inviting front patio shaded by mature trees reflect the relaxed elegance of this unique home.  Inside, a bright entry opens to a chic dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows that infuse the space with soft natural light, while offering views of the front lawn. Across the way, a refined study features handsome custom bookshelves and oversized French doors that open to the front patio. An office conveniently tucked inside the study keeps work out of sight.

Sharon Redd of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate is representing 2708 Stanford Avenue in University Park.
Sharon Redd of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate is representing 2708 Stanford Avenue in University Park.
Sharon Redd of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate is representing 2708 Stanford Avenue in University Park.
Sharon Redd of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate is representing 2708 Stanford Avenue in University Park.

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Just beyond, hand-hewn ceiling beams and a statuesque stone fireplace flanked by custom display cabinetry add character to great room. Three sets of French doors open to the covered back patio and lawn for easy al fresco relaxing and entertaining. A breakfast bar connects the great room to the large eat-in kitchen outfitted with sleek cabinetry, huge island, marble countertops, stone backsplash, professional-grade stainless appliances, and access to the back stairway.

Sharon Redd of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate is representing 2708 Stanford Avenue in University Park.
Sharon Redd of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate is representing 2708 Stanford Avenue in University Park.
Sharon Redd of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate is representing 2708 Stanford Avenue in University Park.
Sharon Redd of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate is representing 2708 Stanford Avenue in University Park.

Upstairs, a vaulted, beamed ceiling adorns the bright and luxurious master suite with a sitting area and treetop views. The spa-inspired master bath is well-appointed with separate his-and-her vanities, soaking tub, walk-in shower and two walk-in closets.

Sharon Redd of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate is representing 2708 Stanford Avenue in University Park.
Sharon Redd of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate is representing 2708 Stanford Avenue in University Park.

Sharon Redd of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate is representing 2708 Stanford Avenue in University Park.

Sharon Redd of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate is representing 2708 Stanford Avenue in University Park.

Sharon Redd of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate is representing 2708 Stanford Avenue in University Park.
Sharon Redd of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate is representing 2708 Stanford Avenue in University Park.
Sharon Redd of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate is representing 2708 Stanford Avenue in University Park.
Sharon Redd of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate is representing 2708 Stanford Avenue in University Park.
Sharon Redd of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate is representing 2708 Stanford Avenue in University Park.
Sharon Redd of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate is representing 2708 Stanford Avenue in University Park.

Four additional bedroom suites with beautifully finished bathrooms, along with a spacious game room, offer plenty of room for children and guests.

Sharon Redd of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate is representing 2708 Stanford Avenue in University Park.
Sharon Redd of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate is representing 2708 Stanford Avenue in University Park.
Sharon Redd of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate is representing 2708 Stanford Avenue in University Park.
Sharon Redd of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate is representing 2708 Stanford Avenue in University Park.

Outdoors, a covered blue-stone patio boasts a grilling station and stone fireplace perfect for autumn evenings, while the large fenced-in grassy lawn is perfect for kids and pets.

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For more information or to schedule a viewing of this HPISD home, please contact Sharon Redd at (469)835-5363 or sharon@daveperrymiller.com.

Mercer, Elliott & Elliott Group Market Yoakum-Designed Home


This Hal O. Yoakum-designed home is quintessential “Highland Park.” Situated on a prime lot shaded by mature trees, the Austin stone two-story, built in 1949, is also in pristine condition thanks to exceptional care. Newly priced at $4,200,000 by Mary Lou Mercer and Paige Elliott of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, 4272 Bordeaux Ave. (4272bordeaux.daveperrymiller.com) features formal living and dining rooms, family room, four bedrooms, three full bathrooms, one half bath, a sparkling pool, pool house and two-car garage.

4272 Bordeaux Avenue is offered by Mary Lou Mercer and Elliott & Elliott Group for $4,200,000
4272 Bordeaux Avenue is offered by Mary Lou Mercer and Elliott & Elliott Group for $4,200,000
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4272 Bordeaux Avenue is offered by Mary Lou Mercer and Elliott & Elliott Group for $4,200,000
4272 Bordeaux Avenue is offered by Mary Lou Mercer and Elliott & Elliott Group for $4,200,000
4272 Bordeaux Avenue is offered by Mary Lou Mercer and Elliott & Elliott Group for $4,200,000

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“This home really reflects a refinement and classicism that is synonymous with Highland Park,” Mercer says. “Each room is an elegant and spacious backdrop for everyday living and for creating memories with family and friends.”

A bright foyer is flanked by formals perfectly suited for entertaining. The expansive living room is large enough to accommodate several seating areas. A fireplace with marble surround and carved mantle creates a lovely focal point, while windows fill the room with soft natural light and offer views of the front lawn and backyard pool. The equally gracious dining room features the same custom moldings and large windows with views of the grounds.

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A beamed ceiling, fireplace, and custom bookcases lend character to the comfortable family room. French doors open to a blue-stone patio and pool area. The adjacent kitchen is bright and spacious with high-end stainless steel appliances, island, built-in desk, and a casual dining area next to the butler’s pantry.

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The large upstairs master suite is a serene oasis accessed by a private hallway with built-ins. Illuminated by soft natural light, it includes a generous sitting areas and master bath with dual vanities and a glass shower. Three additional bedrooms and two baths are also upstairs.

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Outdoors, an inviting pool area is perfect for entertaining, while the large grassy lawn provides plenty of space for children and pets to play. The pool house behind the garage features a full bath and extra storage.

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For more information or to request a showing, contact Mary Lou at (214)502-4332/maryloumercer@daveperrymiller.com or Paige at (214)478-9544/elliott@daveperrymiller.com.

 

Laura Michelle Markets Modern New Construction in Highland Park, Walking Distance to MIS, SMU


“A fantastic location, open spaces, textures and hues inspired by nature, and lots of natural light make this home perfect for someone with a keen eye for design,” Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s Laura Michelle says. “There is so much to love about 3604 Shenandoah.”

Sophisticated style is at the heart of this newly constructed Highland Park home for sale in Dallas. Built by Barnett West Custom Homes, this exquisitely appointed contemporary sits on a rare 167-foot deep lot and features four living areas, two dining areas, five bedrooms, six full baths, one half bath, two dining areas, study, game room, utility room, outdoor living area, and attached three-car garage with a gated rear drive. Michelle has the home priced at $2,395,000.

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3604 Shenandoah Front

The formal living and dining rooms boast warm hardwoods and floor-to-ceiling windows. Both rooms offer a contemporary backdrop for architectural furnishings and art. Hand-hewn sliding barn doors offer two entries into the refined study outfitted with coordinating built-ins.

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3604 Shenandoah Formal Living
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3604 Shenandoah Entry and Dining Room
3604 Shenandoah Formal Dining Room
3604 Shenandoah Formal Dining Room
3604 Shenandoah Study
3604 Shenandoah Study

In the great room, a dramatic fireplace is clad in sleek stone and flanked by floating cabinets and shelves. A wall of glass with sliding doors open to the outdoor living area with fireplace for the ultimate in al fresco living.

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3604 Shenandoah Great Room/Family Room
3604 Shenandoah Great Room/Family Room
3604 Shenandoah Great Room/Family Room
3604 Shenandoah Breakfast Room
3604 Shenandoah Breakfast Room

The great room connects with a gourmet kitchen with gorgeous white oak cabinetry, quartz countertops, pendant lights, expansive island, coffee bar, Miele appliances and butler’s pantry with double wine storage. In the casual dining area, sliding doors open to the outdoor living area.

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3604 Shenandoah Kitchen
3604 Shenandoah Kitchen
3604 Shenandoah Kitchen

The home is elevator-ready with a serene upstairs master suite. Beautiful marble adorns the floor, counters and seamless glass shower in the spa-inspired master bath. A freestanding tub, floating double vanities and a custom closet with built-in bureaus and shelving complete the chic retreat.

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3604 Shenandoah Master Bedroom
3604 Shenandoah Master Bedroom
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3604 Shenandoah Master Bedroom
3604 Shenandoah Master Bedroom
3604 Shenandoah Master Bedroom
3604 Shenandoah Master Bedroom

Secondary bedrooms have their own bathroom and walk-in closet. A wall of windows let in ample natural light in the large upstairs game room. A laundry room is also conveniently tucked upstairs behind a sliding barn door.

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3604 Shenandoah Game Room
3604 Shenandoah Garage
3604 Shenandoah Garage

Outdoors, the large lot offers room for a pool. Renderings for the poolscape are available on request.

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3604 Shenandoah Patio
3604 Shenandoah Backyard
3604 Shenandoah Backyard

For more information or to request a showing, email Laura Michelle at laura@daveperrymiller.com or call 214-228-3854.

Christine McKenny to Showcase 3211 Saint Johns in Sunday Open House from 1 to 3pm (April 24, 2016)


If the wish list for your new home includes location, curb appeal, character, space, a chef’s kitchen, a great backyard with a pool, and storage galore, you may want to rearrange your Sunday afternoon (5.24.16) so you can see Top Producer Christine McKenny’s open house at 3211 Saint Johns in Highland Park from 1-3pm.

Starting with the neighborhood, this four-bedroom, four and ½ bath home for sale in Dallas for $1,875,000 has a European feel. It’s within walking distance of Armstrong Elementary, SMU and the Katy Trail. Snider Plaza is close by, too, as is Mockingbird Station and 75 Central for easy access to Downtown or North Dallas.

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The drive-up offers a taste of what’s to come inside. Mature trees, Lambert’s landscaping and a circle drive invite you to take a closer look. As you enter the radiant front door, thoughtful details catch your eye. Rich hardwoods, crown molding, chair railing, recessed and art lighting and lovely millwork all send the message that elegance has taken up residence here.

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Moving on to the adjacent sitting room/formal living room, large windows looking toward the front yard and a gas fireplace encourage lingering, while built-in cabinets and glass shelving add a practical component. The 17’ long dining room can accommodate an oversized dining table, making family gatherings comfortable. Everything about the upstairs master suite speaks of space as well, from the seating area, private balcony and bonus exercise room to the master bath with separate his-and-her dressing areas and large closets. And the expansive quarters could serve as a game room or house guests with its kitchenette and full bath.

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The updated kitchen will speak to chefs of every ability, with 6-burner gas cooktop with pop-up down draft, built-in dual SubZero refrigerator/freezer, warming drawer and sink with a great view. The generous pantry, silver closet, wet bar and French doors that open onto the patio, quietly remind that the home was designed for families and entertaining.

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Speaking of, the landscaped backyard has 20+ ornamental trees, a covered back patio with iron fencing and a sparkling pool with water features, seating areas, a fire pit and covered storage. The installed Mosquito Nix system helps make the outdoors pleasant even during Texas summers.

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Finally, the finished attic offers 500-600 square feet of protected storage space, along with a cedar closet on the landing upstairs.  All secondary bedrooms have walk-in closets with built-ins, and the garage has built-in storage and covered flooring.

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If this sounds just like what you’ve been looking for, please come see Christine this Sunday or call to schedule a showing at (214)662-7758.

 

Traditional with Modern Touches in HP’s French Streets Now on Market


Malcolm and Ashley Ross of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate have just listed 4331 Versailles (4331versailles.daveperrymiller.com/) for $1,799,000. This beautiful, traditional family home, designed by renowned architect Charles Barnett, is in the heart of the highly coveted French streets of Highland Park. It’s attractively priced below appraised value making it a must see!

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The updated 1936 home of 4,643 square feet, sits on a heavily treed 70’ by 142’ lot. With four bedrooms, three full baths and two half baths, it has a formal living area, and an open family room with atrium and floor-to-ceiling glass, providing lots of light and a view of the pool.

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The chef’s kitchen maintains the feel of the original era, but includes many modern touches: two double farm sinks, double refrigerator, double ovens, gas range, walk-in pantry and lots of storage. It’s perfect for cooking and entertaining!

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The master bedroom has a fireplace, with his-and-her walk-in closets and sitting room.

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The backyard has a pool, Jacuzzi and fountain along with a two-story pool house with two full baths and kitchenette.

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For additional information on 4331 Versailles, contact Malcolm at malcolm@daveperrymiller.com or Ashley at aross@daveperrymiller.com or call 214-280-5215.

 

 

 

Highland Park ISD Superintendent Will Step Down to Become SMU Professor


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Highland Park ISD Superintendent Dawson Orr poses with Mary Frances Burleson, CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies, during the district’s centennial celebration in 2014.

Dawson Orr, who has been the superintendent of the Highland Park Independent School District since 2009, announced Monday that he is resigning to become a professor at SMU. As The Dallas Morning News reports, Orr is leaving as HPISD prepares what will likely be the largest bond package in its history, because the landlocked district is running out of space for its growing number of students. Voters will weigh in on a slate of construction projects in November.

Because he is giving up the superintendent’s post, Orr must also move out of the district-owned house that comes with the job. If he’s looking for a place close to his new gig at SMU, we have a few suggestions.

Projected Cost of Natatorium Starts at $16.7M, According to Feasibility Study


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Building a natatorium in the Park Cites would cost at least $16.7 million, according to a feasibility study that will be presented to University Park officials Tuesday.

The actual number in the study prepared by Ballard*King & Associates is $16,728,703.33. But that general estimate “will need to escalate,” the study says, because it reflects 2014 pricing, and no ground is going to be broken for this project anytime soon. The dollar amount will also rise because the estimate does not include the cost of a parking structure, which will almost certainly be necessary, given the dearth of available real estate in the Highland Park Independent School District.

The bursting-at-the-seams district and the City of University Park are exploring the idea of building an indoor aquatics center to replace the existing natatorium at Highland Park High School. The space it occupies could be filled with more than two dozen much-needed classrooms.

The city and the district originally planned to build a natatorium at Curtis Park, adjacent to the Holmes Aquatic Center. But in the face of organized opposition from neighbors, officials asked Ballard*King to study the feasibility of constructing a natatorium anywhere within the city.

A site that’s between 2.5 and 3 acres would be ideal, the study says. But conditions are less than ideal: “Due to the lack of available open land areas in the Primary Service Area, adapting the aquatic center to limited space will likely be required.”

Representatives from Ballard*King will formally present the study at Tuesday’s meeting of the University Park City Council. If you’d like to read it yourself before then, here you go:

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