Kristal spent years thinking that teaching a room full of 30 kids in the inner city was tough but rewarding. Then she became responsible for just four kids, and discovered brand new definitions for tough and rewarding. That’s what led her to become a parent educator, to help other parents build strong relationships with the children in their lives and to help more kids have a chance to grow into successful adults. (You can get in touch with her through her website Parenting with Kristal Melbye by clicking the link above.) Having a family is Kristal’s dream come true. She’s grateful every day for her kids and the time she get to spend with them. But, she’s also grateful for a chance to have a little escape, a chance to reflect, an opportunity to share. And that's why she writes.

Not Our Problems to Solve:: Adolescent Social Struggles are Normal

As moms, we want to solve all our kids' problems. But maybe their problems are not our problems to solve? We pull up to the store to grab the milk I’d forgotten to buy at...
decluttering your kids' stuff

Decluttering Your Kids’ Stuff, Is it Even Possible? (Part II)

For me, the hardest part of decluttering was not getting rid of any of my stuff, not my clothes, not paperwork, and not even memories.  Where I struggled was dealing with decluttering my kids'...

Decluttering with Kids, Is it Even Possible? (Part I)

For years I struggled with decluttering and getting organized. I would spend so much time finding the perfect place for everything and the perfect containers for storing things. I’d get things just right, and then, within...