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

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

Clutter

CLEARING THE CLUTTER by Crystal Horton

For most of us, our favorite belongings are found inside our home. Pictures of family and friends adorn the walls. Furnishings are placed creatively throughout the home, providing comfort. Many of us have fond memories of walking into our new home for the first time as a family. Memories of our children rolling over for Read More

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STOP WAITING FOR PERMISSION by Crystal Horton

I feel guilty when I’m away from my family. I have felt guilty for taking a slow shower or giving myself an hour to get ready. For me, guilt has become the “white elephant” in the room. In my subconscious, I have created some unrealistic expectations of what motherhood is. As a child when I Read More

family values

I’M FAT by Crystal Horton

There once was a group of girls who decided to play “Mom’s and Daughters.” One girl dressed up as the mother and the other as her daughter. The scene begins in a bathroom where the girls play dress up and put lipstick on. As they compliment each other on their beautiful style, the Mother turns Read More

little helper

SPILLED MILK by Crystal Horton

Do you ever wonder what it’s like for a three-year-old child to understand words that come naturally to adults? I believe, a child has no idea what “adult communication” is. From the age of five, my daughter has said on more than one occasion, “Mom, I don’t know what that word means.” For the first Read More