Kristal, Senior Writer

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Kristal is a native of California, lived in Utah, and now lovingly calls Colorado Springs home. She grew up in a household with four younger siblings and graduated from University of California, Santa Cruz. She and her husband are raising their elementary school aged children in the Briargate area. With kids in school full time, Kristal is an active member of the PTA, and spends time working in local schools. She is passionate about connecting moms in our community. In her spare time, she enjoys long walks in the aisles of Target, dancing it out in Zumba classes, drinking copious amounts coffee, cooking dinner as a form of therapy, and last but certainly not least, spending time outdoors with her family.
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Creating Structure in a Cancelled Summer: Time for Camp Mom

I spent my summers pre-kids working for and running summer camps. I met and fell in love with my husband at camp. Deep down inside, I still love belting camp songs, complete with motions....
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Time: Finding Quality in the Quantity

This pandemic has gifted us all with a lot of time together. We have been doing everything together in my house. No one has been going to school in the morning and the farthest...
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Five Lessons I Learned in this Pandemic Experience

This too shall pass… This is a life motto I learned many years ago in a story told around a campfire at summer camp. It has carried me through times both good and bad. It...
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Modeling Mistakes: Teaching a Life Skill

Mistakes happen. We all make them. As a kid, I don’t remember explicitly learning how to deal with them. I do remember a few key mistakes I hid from my parents. When I was about...
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Middle School: It’s Coming Whether We Want It or Not

Right about now, the reality is setting in for us parents of fifth graders. We have just a few precious months before we send our kids into that character-building, tumble-dry cycle that is Middle...

Fun with Paper: Five Easy Activities for Snow Days

Snow days are fun and exciting. Until a few hours later, when you are running out of ideas to keep the kids entertained. Fear not, because there is plenty of fun to be had with a...
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Parenting in a Secret Minority

At some point in the journey of parenthood, all of us find ourselves in a minority. Maybe you find yourself feeding your little one with a bottle in a room filled with breastfeeding covers. Maybe...
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Waging War on Germs: Five Ways to Stay Healthy This Year

Every year it happens. Word starts spreading about the germs going around. Kids diagnosed with the flu. Stomach bugs spreading like wildfire. The coughs ringing through the halls at school. Over the years, I have...
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I’ve Become a Third Wheel to My Children

When I became pregnant with my second child, I dreamt about the relationship I wanted my kids to have.  After we learned our daughter would have a baby brother, I became worried they wouldn't...
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Anxiety: The Uninvited Friend

Is she having fun? I cannot keep count of how many times I have had to answer this question over the years. My daughter's anxiety means that sometimes when we try something new or are...