Birthday Letter #8: Michael James!

So, this letter is a little late, but at least we're still in the same month... If you've been reading my blog for a while you know that this is one of my favorite birthday "rituals" for my children...to write them a letter each year about the way they've been growing and changing. It is the best "intentional" gift they could get, even if it's not from Toys R' Us! Someday when they are all grown … [Continue reading]

Announcing: “Mommy Manders” Summer Camps 2015!

  Celebrate Summer!* Tues-Thurs, May 26 - 28 9:00-1:00, Ages 3-6, $150 NorthPark Presbyterian Church Specifically geared towards the pre-schoolers who get out of school before the bigger kids, we will enjoy some of summer's greatest childhood pleasures together - celebrating nature, a picnic, camp crafts, a lemonade stand, classic  indoor and outdoor games (no batteries included), and … [Continue reading]

“Celebrate Spring!” A To-Do List for Busy Families

 “In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” Margaret Atwood Overwhelmed and exhausted with birthday parties, soccer games, egg hunts, spring music and ballet recitals, and school fundraisers? April and May can be a BUSY time of year! But have you just stopped to play outside? To notice the new bright green leaves on trees, to fly a kite in the breeze, to see the … [Continue reading]

Celebrate Spring! 10 Fun Ideas for your Family

  (This is the first post in my "Celebrate Spring" blog series. I'll be sharing great ideas with you for building brain and family connections this season...stay tuned for more!) In case you didn't know, yesterday was the FIRST day of Spring. "In Our Family", our ritual is to play barefoot in the grass on the vernal equinox! We invited others to be a part of this tradition yesterday with a … [Continue reading]

Family “Noticing Nature” Walk for you!

Did you know that the First Lady has declared June "National Go Outside" month? In an effort for American families to get active, get outdoors, and get moving! June 9th is the official "GO" day! (Check  "National Get Outdoors day" website for activities.) I've spent the morning by myself at the lovely Arboretum, and I'm inspired...I have created a Nature “Noticing” Walk or “Treasure … [Continue reading]

GOING OUTSIDE: Try It this Spring!

  Though Tuesday was the official first day of spring (and a very rainy one here in Dallas), … [Continue reading]

April FOOLS! for Kids: 10 Fun and Easy Tricks

I used to be able to make my kids laugh VERY easily...as babies, all I had to do was make a silly … [Continue reading]

“Loving-Kindness” Meditation for you and your children…

NorthPark Presbyterian Church (where I am the Director of Children and Families) has been doing a … [Continue reading]

Let’s Talk about SEX, Baby?

Well, it happened without any fanfare or drama. It happened in the matter of a couple of minutes, … [Continue reading]

Ice Day Fun: Stuck inside with the kiddos?

Click on these 10 great "Mommy Manders" indoor fun ideas for connecting with your kids. Be safe, and … [Continue reading]