Full of Thanks and Giving! 10 Thanksgiving Ideas for your family from mine…

I am snuggled with my Ellie girl on the couch under a blanket this lazy Wednesday morning, enjoying a few days off from work and school. Feeling so thankful for a healthy, loving family, for a wonderful job that allows me to use my gifts and share lots of love, for the opportunities I'm given to inspire and encourage other parents in the community, for a comfortable home, for the beauty of the … [Continue reading]

Counting Our Blessings and Thanksgiving Songs

  This November, as we have been counting our blessings at home and at school, it has been such a blessing for me to help the children in my life to focus on an "attitude of gratitude." And a great reminder for me, as well. We have enjoyed adding leaves of thanks to our "Blessing Tree" recently. My favorite is the one that Ellie wrote that says "Mommy". But other leaves read "bars" (teddy … [Continue reading]

10 Fun Fall Family Rituals!

  “Loving, healthy RITUALS foster the development of loving, emotionally healthy children.... RITUALS are the GLUE that holds the MOSAIC OF LOVE together.” (Becky Bailey) Happy Fall, everyone! This is my favorite season for the crisp, cool days (still waiting) that refresh my spirit, the chance to be outside in nature again (now that the temperature in Dallas has dropped below … [Continue reading]

Encourage an “Attitude of Gratitude” this Thanksgiving!

Here are some ideas I shared with you last year. More Thanksgiving songs, rhymes, books, and more to come! Enjoy, and pass along... Thanksgiving is such a great time to SLOW down and enjoy some time re-connecting with your kids and family. Here are few ideas from my family to yours: Encouraging an Attitude of Gratitude 1. "What Are You Thankful For?" I'll never forget my first fall … [Continue reading]

Slow and Steady Wins the “Rat Race”: Reflections on “Race to Nowhere”

Last night several moms and dads from my “Parent with Purpose” Meetup group gathered, along with other Dallas parents, at the Studio Movie Grill for a screening of “Race to Nowhere: The Dark Side of America’s Achievement Culture”, a film by Vicki Abeles that the NY Times calls a “Must-See Movie”. Mom Vicki was moved to do her research and make the film in search of answers after a … [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]

NEW: Monthly “Mommy Manders” STORY-TIMES!


UPDATED to include after-school kids, too: It's so much MORE than Story-Time! "Building BRAIN and … [Continue reading]

What kind of “SMARTS” are YOUR kids? Margaritas and Multiple Intelligences

Join "Mommy Manders" and other Moms for"Margaritas and Multiple Intelligences" What are the 8 … [Continue reading]

Fresh Air and Fresh Perspectives at Montreat: Little Cabin in the Woods


(Written on Monday, July 6, 2015)...I am outside working in the MIDDLE of the day! I'm enjoying a … [Continue reading]

Top 10 Benefits to “Free Range” Parenting!


Or as my husband Dustin points out, what used to just be called...."parenting". (This is part of … [Continue reading]

10 Free Range To-Do’s for Kids and Parents: For Growing Up and Letting Go

The first time Ellie wanted to walk home from school alone I kept my eye on her from the car!

(This is one in a series of posts on "Free Range" Parenting that I have written about the subject … [Continue reading]