Road Trip of a Lifetime!

PICTURES: Road Trip book Sometimes, when life gets busy and we're all going different directions...I actually MISS being in close quarters with my little family of four the way we were for a month this summer - in Dustin's Toyota Camry, sharing a motel room, sharing every meal together, sharing every mood swing and every laugh, every mile and every new experience, every song and inside … [Continue reading]

“Put on a Happy Face” and More Anti-Stress Tips to Teach your Kids

  I wanted to share few other helpful tips I gleaned from the "THINK" interview on stress-free and happy living. (My first article on the 5 principles for stress-free living) These are great insights, little life "lessons" to discuss with your whole family! Smiling really does trick your brain into being happier! Reminds me of a slightly obnoxious song that has stuck with me … [Continue reading]

Sprinkle a Little Gratitude Into Your Attitude….And Other Tips for a Stress-Free Year

 "The pursuit of compassion has made me happier than the pursuit of happiness." Dr. Amit Sood This week I got to enjoy some one-on-one time with my little Ellie (4) who was sick with a fever and runny nose. No parent likes for their little one to be sick, but it doesn't mean we can't appreciate the special, tender care-giving singing "You Are My Sunshine" to her as I … [Continue reading]

4 Secrets of a HAPPY FAMILY!

Listen to the story I recently heard this author interview on NPR, and as I listened I thought to myself, "I have got to get a book published!" He is echoing so much of the things I preach (and try to live) in my "Parent with Purpose" seminars. But, honestly, I think my way of incorporating music and the 3 R's makes it all a lot more natural, accessible, connection-building for young children … [Continue reading]

Talking with your children about MLK Day

Perhaps you have made plans to see a movie on your day off with the children, or to go shopping at the mall. Or perhaps your kids will be with a sitter while you're at work - I know, not all of us get this national holiday off! May I humbly suggest that whatever your plans, you take just a few minutes to sit down with your children and talk about WHY Monday is a national holiday, WHY they don't … [Continue reading]

5 Ways to Make it a Happy Parenting New Year!

This morning, I was busy sending my kiddos out the door with the babysitter for an adventure at the … [Continue reading]

Moment for Mere: Lessons from French Moms

Does it sound refreshing to live in a society where the needs of mothers are culturally considered … [Continue reading]

Are You Parenting for Authentic Success? 10 “Baby-Steps” to get you started…

MJ and buddy Trenam are passionate about MUD!

We hear SO MUCH (too much) in our society today about how to succeed, how to help our children … [Continue reading]

Silent Night in Sign Language

Leading the HPPC children's choir as they sing carols at a nursing home, 2003

I first learned this signing from one of my conducting professors at Meadows (SMU) when I was … [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]