Valentine’s Story-Time!

MONDAY, Feb. 1st, 4:00-5:00 pm at Highlands Christian Church Come dance and sing, snack and snuggle, craft and CONNECT, play outside and imagine with your little valentines! Go home with "100 Ways to Love Your Child" AND a Family Valentine CD! Suggested Tip, $10/ family … [Continue reading]

100 Ways to LOVE your Child! Simple ways to Put Meaningful, Loving Moments Into Your Busy Parenting Day…

  There are MANY Ways to Say "I Love You"! ...My favorite Mr. Rogers song. Well, at least the one I'm singing this week for "Valentine's Day" in my pre-school music classes....Here are some favorites from my own family, along with some new ideas!  Please let them inspire you and pass them along. Got more ideas? Please add them in the comments so others can enjoy. This is a great FREE resource … [Continue reading]

Is your Valentine a Bucket-filler? Are YOU?

  MJ's fabulous "Bridge" teacher (between PK and K) has been teaching wonderful lessons about love and kindness, feelings and friends this month at school. They have a bulletin board where they are trying to reach "100 acts of kindness" as a class. Tonight, I e-mailed that MJ was a kind host for friend Marion when she came over after school, and made sure to send her home with enough … [Continue reading]

14 Favorite Phrases of LOVE for your Little Valentines/ Book-Lovers!

If you haven't figured it out yet by reading my blog, one of my very favorite things to do with my children is read with them! It is one of the six "parenting priorities" I name in my mantra, "PLAY, LAUGH, SING, READ, LISTEN, HUG!" But if you pick a good book, and you are intentional about it, ALL of those priorities can be checked off your list through the reading of it. Last week as I was … [Continue reading]

Valentine Songs and Books for Kids

Happy Valentine's Week! Even if you have don't have a "sweetheart" valentine or if the newness of sharing that first Valentine's Day together has worn off 10 or so years later, sharing all the fun festivities with your young children makes it pretty exciting and fun! You can make it extra-special for them by adding special "family" rituals and traditions. We shared one of our favorites this … [Continue reading]

“It’s about LOVE, LOVE, LOVE”

Definitely "True Love", MJ proudly wearing the Beffa "heart" sweater he designed.

"It's about Love, Love, Love" song, sung by Ellie and Mommy, accompanied by MJ on slide whistle, of … [Continue reading]

Boxes of Love: A Valentine’s Ritual

Boxes of Love

Hard to believe that January is's a great idea for your family as you begin the "month … [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]

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]