Learning

REPEATING PRESCHOOL by Crystal Horton

The day my son turned four was also his first day of preschool. He was excited, nervous and anxious. The program consisted of five half days per week. He enjoyed the curriculum but interacting with others decreased. My concerns grew as the year progressed. Our morning routine included arguments about the importance of school. His teacher, Read More

Bully

THE BULLY by Crystal Horton

My daughter loves school. As soon as the alarm goes off, she’s up and ready within minutes. She can’t wait to start her day. Recess is her favorite activity. Over a three month period, we began noticing a change in her attitude. Her morning spunk disappeared. She argued when it was time to leave and Read More

Chores

INCENTIVIZING BEHAVIOR by Crystal Horton

Incentivizing behavior produces short term results with long term side effects. Children may develop low self-esteem, laziness and indecisiveness. Rewards are about external control and cause a child to expect a prize after each task is finished. Research has shown that just after three weeks of encouraging a reward system, children get bored which leads Read More

Child

REFLECT BEFORE YOU RESPOND by Crystal Horton

The messages we convey to our children will stay with them well into adulthood. Whether the message shared is happy, sad or somewhere in the middle, our message will make an impact. Planting fear based thoughts in children can turn them into fearful adults. For example, when a parent is asked by their child “What Read More

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COMPLETE LACK OF COMMUNICATION by Crystal Horton

  Our verbal and nonverbal cues can either put our child into a defensive mood or provide a calming domino effect. According to Steven Handel, a psychology journalist and self-improvement writer, “research suggests that nonverbal communication makes up over sixty to seventy percent of all that we communicate.” Communication is necessary, and at times, our Read More