Mommy Manders Camps 2016

Back by popular demand for the 5th summer in a row, ANNOUNCING June “Mommy Manders” CAMPS: Ages 3-7, Tues-Thurs, 9am-1pm, $120 Includes snack, crafts, family talking points, CD, and more! Highlands Christian Church in Lake Highlands “Celebrate Summer” Camp, May 31- June 2 – We will celebrate the season with nature songs, games, stories, crafts, pretend play, and … [Continue reading]

Let Your Light Shine!

What I know for sure: Every child, every person is born with an inner light, a unique God-given spark of love and energy for the world. And all children deserve a chance to use their lights! Recently, I had a chance to lead and celebrate Children's Sabbath with the children and congregation of NorthPark Presbyterian Church. It was a wonderful opportunity to let the children of the church shine for … [Continue reading]

5 Summer Poems for Kids: Put 1 in Your Day!

Why not toss in a poem here and there on your slower summer days with the kids? At breakfast, at nap-time, reading on the couch, at snack-time, at dinner? As they get older, consider letting them choose one to memorize and recite for the family after together to write your own family summertime poem. Use some of these questions to get you started: What is your favorite thing about … [Continue reading]

Water Play

Yesterday, we had our first Play-date with Purpose", and we made a big SPLASH! We gathered at the Lake Highlands Spray park, splashed around, and then found a shady spot for water songs, activities, and experiments. Many splashing families at the spray ground joined us, and we probably had about 20 kiddos, babies up through age 10 playing with us. We talked about water in different forms,and its … [Continue reading]

Great Summer Books for Kids!

Happy Summer! The official season began today. And I'm celebrating by passing on a great list of summer books for your family! The other morning, we walked around the corner to “pick up” an older neighbor-girl (8) to come play. She was sitting in her bay window reading a book on a lazy, quiet summer morning. My cousin Deanna says she has to set a limit on her kids’ silent reading in their … [Continue reading]

Road Trip Ideas: For Connecting (and Surviving) as a Family


Remember road trips from your childhood? No videos, no hand-held computers or gaming devices, no … [Continue reading]

Summer “to-go’s” in Dallas: affordable, family-friendly

{This post is my 4th in a series on "Slowing Down for Summer". Sometimes slowing down with your kids … [Continue reading]

Family Summer Center: Boredom Busters

The sun is rich and gladly pays In golden hours, Silver days, And long green weeks that never … [Continue reading]

What’s on your Summer “To-Do” List?


Happy Summer! Whether your kids are already out of school or counting down the days, most of us moms … [Continue reading]

Top 10 Table Toys: for Eating out with kids

It doesn't take much (or any thing BIG) to keep little ones entertained at a restaurant. But keep a … [Continue reading]

Top 10 Table Games for Eating out with Kids (or on the road)

(I'm gonna' go ahead and publish these lists in case you need some ideas for your spring break week, … [Continue reading]

Summertime Fun: 10 ways to beat the heat and connect with your kids, #1

These are some fun ideas that my family has enjoyed at home, and that I have done with families in … [Continue reading]

“Celebrate Seuss” Story-time Tuesday!


Family Story-Time THIS Tuesday, March 1st, 4:00 Highlands Christian Church Join the fun as we … [Continue reading]

Valentine’s Story-Time!

MONDAY, Feb. 1st, 4:00-5:00 pm at Highlands Christian Church Come dance and sing, snack and … [Continue reading]

Winter Family Story-Time: MONDAY, Jan. 4th!

Monday, Jan. 4th - Winter Family Story-Time with Mommy Manders, 4:00pm-5:00pm Snow books, songs, … [Continue reading]

Christmas Story-Time with Mommy Manders!

Holiday Family Story-Time in Lake Highlands Monday, Dec. 7th, 4:00-5:00pm Highlands Christian … [Continue reading]

Give Back with “Mommy Manders” and “WEE Volunteer”!


Looking for a way to teach your children the importance of giving back? Looking for a FUN … [Continue reading]