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

Brush Teeth

CREATE CONSISTENT HABITS by Crystal Horton

  Recently, I overheard some parents contemplating whether a structured routine was necessary for their young child. They felt it didn’t allow their child to create and think on his own. I believe children thrive in a structured environment. For example, when a child learns to brush their teeth they’re learning good hygiene habits. Lincoln 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