Silent Night in Sign Language

I first learned this signing from one of my conducting professors at Meadows (SMU) when I was getting my Masters in Sacred Music. Tim Seelig was the conductor of the Turtle Creek Chorale for many years, and the singing and signing of "Silent Night" has been a favorite of their annual holiday concert. I have since used it with many children's choirs, and with congregations. My favorite memory of it … [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 forget to allow for quiet moments at home, for "taking it easy" (aka. "relaxing" - ever heard of it?). Get out there for some family adventures, but don't forget the importance of down-time for growing brains and everyone's sanity. Usually, it's in those quiet, unplanned moments that some of the most … [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


 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…

Elie loves to arrange the holiday window gels

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]

“Celebrate Seuss” Story-time Tuesday!


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

Mommy Manders Camps 2016

Earth is my friend

Back by popular demand for the 5th summer in a row, ANNOUNCING June “Mommy Manders” … [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]