Christmas Mini-Camp for Mini-Campers, 2014!

More After-Christmas SPIRIT and MAGIC for your little Elves! Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday December 29th – December 31st 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Ages 3 to 7 9555 N. Central Expressway, NorthPark Presbyterian Church Participants will enjoy music and dancing, games and crafts, indoor and outdoor play, storytime, cooking and more! Cost: $120 per child Reserve your spot by emailing Lowry … [Continue reading]

12 Days of Christmas: Scavenger Hunts and More Family Fun!

On Christmas night, Michael James (6) was crying at bedtime because Christmas was over. Poor thing - 25 days of build up counting down on the Advent calendar, 4 weeks of waiting as we lit the advent candles on our wreath, SO much anticipation, and just like that the day had come and gone. Daddy reminded him that Christmas Day might be over, but the 12 Days of Christmas were just getting started. … [Continue reading]

Let it Go, Let it Go, Let it Go: A Busy Mom’s Holiday Carol

Day number five of our Christmas countdown, and I'm already worn out. Mostly by the energy, enthusiasm, and preparation it takes to keep the attention of 120 pre-schoolers for daily Christmas program rehearsals at school, followed by kicking and jumping to the "Russian Dance" from The Nutcracker, jingle belling with 2-year-olds, and then playing referee between my own 2 kids. But Mary and Joseph … [Continue reading]

Connect with your Kids at Christmas: Christmas Questions

I started this family ritual in an effort to keep my busy young kids at the dinner table for more than a one minute overlap, to practice  the art of dinner conversation! It's also a fun thing to do at bed-time or just riding around in the car. You could just have these questions in the back of your mind to pull out at random, or you could write them down on scraps of wrapping paper, and stick … [Continue reading]

Moment for Mommy: What is Christmas Spirit?

Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas. Calvin Coolidge Christmas eve was a night of song that wrapped itself about you like a shawl. But it warmed more than your body, it warmed your heart ... filled it too with melody that would last forever. Bess Streeter Aldrich The joy of … [Continue reading]

25 MORE Family Activity Ideas for your Christmas Countdown, 2012!

There is SO much to do "out and about" around the holidays, and lots of it for FREE! But don't … [Continue reading]

Counting to Christmas: 25 Ways to Count Down with Your Kids!

(Here's my post from last year to give you some ideas as you plan a "December to Remember"...more … [Continue reading]

Christmas Version: 1st Corinthians 13

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 Sit down with a cup of tea by the tree, take a deep breath, and read this to stay grounded amidst … [Continue reading]

Holiday “Check-Up”! Tips for a Stress-Free Season…

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Time for your Holiday "Check-Up"! Are you surviving? Are your children surviving? Does it feel … [Continue reading]

What are your holiday “Rituals”?

A future Christmas Rockette!

I teach a parenting class on "Using the 3 R's: Routine, Rituals, and Repetition" for creating brain … [Continue reading]

Counting to Christmas: 25 Ways to Count Down with your Kids!

Christmas-time is about being together. It's about simple joys. And for children, it's about … [Continue reading]

15 Great Christmas Books for Kids

Our tree's not up, and there's no wreath on the door. We still have pumpkin pics hanging in the … [Continue reading]

How Long, O Lord, How Long?

Here is a piece I wrote for our church "Advent" blog, NorthPark Presbyterian church Blog: Advent … [Continue reading]

Holiday Season Seminar: Connect with your Kids at Christmas!

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 YOU'RE INVITED! FREE Seminar: Connect with Your Kids at Christmas! A Christmas Playdate & … [Continue reading]

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

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I am snuggled with my Ellie girl on the couch under a blanket this lazy Wednesday morning, enjoying … [Continue reading]

MY Top 10 Signing Stories! Come “Sign and Sing” with Me on Saturday!

MJ signing "wind" as he's feeling it, at the Arboretum, March 2008 "Sign and Sing Your … [Continue reading]

Let Your Light Shine!

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What I know for sure: Every child, every person is born with an inner light, a unique God-given … [Continue reading]