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 Day!" Saturday morning, Nov. 1st, 9-11am, NorthPark Presbyterian Church reserve your childcare spot, lmanders@northparkpres.org 9:00-9:30 "Family sign and sing" session 9:30 Parent Ed hour/ Kids play in childcare 10:30 Family "practice" session more "wind" at The Lakes, April 2008 My Top 10 Signing Stories: When MJ was a tot, I heard him grunting from the living room while I was working in the kitchen. He was standing in the basket of instruments singing “out”, and I realized he was … [Continue reading]

Let Your Light Shine!

What I know for sure: Every child, every person is born with an inner light, a unique God-given spark of love and energy for the world. And all children deserve a chance to use their lights! Recently, I had a chance to lead and celebrate Children's Sabbath with the children and congregation of NorthPark Presbyterian Church. It was a wonderful opportunity to let the children of the church shine for us, and shine they did! Children's Sabbath was established 23 years ago by the Children's Defense Fund and Marian Wright Edelman who said "If we don't stand up for children, then we don't stand for … [Continue reading]

Waiting for Water…”Paper for Water”: Let these Little Girls Inspire You to Make a Difference!

"We are small but MIGHTY!" Looking for a way to help fight Ebola in the world? Support the building of wells around the world with "Paper for Water! Looking for a meaningful Christmas Gift for someone special? A teacher or grandparent? Invest in a lovely ornament that gives back with Paper for Water! Looking for a beautiful centerpiece or decoration for a holiday party? Or know someone planning a wedding? You've found one that's elegant and an inspirational  conversation starter with Paper for Water! I have had the pleasure of getting to know these wonderful young ladies in my … [Continue reading]

FREE “Signing and Singing” Family Workshop: Nov. 1st! Top 10 Reasons to Sign with Your Kids

ALL are INVITED! Parents, Grandparents, Teachers, Caregivers... Saturday, Nov. 1st, 9-11am NorthPark Presbyterian Church, 9555 N.Central Expressway 9:00-9:30 Family "Sign and Sing" time, 9:30-10:45 Parent Education on / Childcare, 10:45 Closing Family "Sign and Sing" (especially good for children with special needs, as well) Top 10 Reasons to Sign with your Baby, Tot, and young child: Because a baby can sign "I love you" before they can say it! I remember fondly my babies signing "I Love you" from their cribs to me as I stood at their doorway after tucking them in... Signing … [Continue reading]

Behind the Masks….

I had SO much fun with the pre-school kids at school this week doing Halloween songs, movement, and musical games*! We pretended we were bats, monsters, ghosts, cats, skeletons, and magic pumpkins! We held hands while I told my favorite not-so-scary ghost story by flashlight, we took turns surprising each other with Jack-O-lantern masks, we told the story of the "The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything" with the felt board, and we played with pipe cleaner spiders to Raffi's "There's a Spider on the Floor"! And when my not-so-itsy-bitsy black spider puppet crawled up to … [Continue reading]

10 Fun Fall Family Rituals!

  “Loving, healthy RITUALS foster the development of loving, emotionally healthy children.... RITUALS are the GLUE that holds the MOSAIC OF … [Continue reading]

10 Ways to Say Goodbye to your Children at Drop-Off

Now that you're back into the swing of things this September, I bet your morning routine could use a little something new or special to communicate … [Continue reading]

Back to School Blessings and Songs

CONNECTING BEFORE SCHOOL What are your rituals for getting the kids to school or childcare? Is it all chaos and confusion? Yelling and pleading? … [Continue reading]

Halloween Books and Songs

I have a new favorite Halloween book this year! I discovered it in a box of hand-me-down books in the garage, and my kids love it! This week I've been … [Continue reading]

Back to School: Re-Connecting Rituals

{This morning I saw mommies and kids walking past our big bay window walking, scooting, riding to the first day back at school at Lake Highlands … [Continue reading]

Summer Memories: TAOS Time…

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"We must hurry! We have so much time and so little to do!" (Willy Wonka to Charlie in The Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl...we enjoyed listening to this … [Continue reading]

Baby Sign: My Top 10 Signing Stories, FREE Inspiration and Resources for YOU!

MJ signing "wind" as he's feeling it, at the Arboretum, March 2008 more "wind" at The Lakes, April 2008 "up" with the Easter egg...   signing … [Continue reading]

MO’ Freedom, Less Mommy!

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(This weekend, we are headed with my parents down to the hill country of Texas to our home away from home, Mo-Ranch. Every summer families from our … [Continue reading]