Let Your Light Shine: 100 Acts of KINDNESS!

This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine! I believe that every child is born with their own inner light, and it is our responsibility and privilege as parents and teachers to help them discover that light, to nurture it, and encourage them to "let it shine" for the world! Last week my awesome teacher-brother and I got to guide 12 wonderful kids as they let their lights shine! In just 4 … [Continue reading]

100 Acts of Kindness!

What I know for sure...if you look for them, acts of love and kindness are EVERYWHERE! Focus on them this week with your own kids, and watch what happens... Congratulations, Good Deeds Campers! We reached our goal this week of... 100 ACTS OF KINDNESS The children helped to make "The World's Greatest COOKIES" to give to friends and helpers as a way of sharing love and … [Continue reading]

Good Deeds from Good Kids: Good moments from Mommy Manders Camp

Where have I been?? It's definitely been a while since I've blogged, and I've really missed it and you all! I just took it off my plate as I was finishing up the semester teaching pre-school, leading the end-of-year programs for parents, and getting set for my first week of "Mommy Manders" summer camp at my house....I made it through, and this morning I'm just over 4 hours from Seaside, Florida … [Continue reading]

We did GOOD!

GOOD DEEDS WEEK STATS! 132 books collected for The Boys and Girls Club of Dallas 34 grocery sacks full of cans collected for Brother Bill's Helping Hands grocery store. $468.90 for Alex's Lemonade Foundation (for childhood cancer research).     113 pennies shared by children for children. 29 pictures and cards decorated for children at Children's … [Continue reading]

Giving and Getting

Here's my theory: Teach your child how to give, and get a less demanding, materialistic, whiney kid in the long run. Teach your child how to give, and get a generous, kind-hearted person in return! It's not just my theory, any child development expert will give the same advice, but I'm starting to see it play out in my family, and it's pretty exciting. Last week when D was preparing for his … [Continue reading]

Looking Back on Giving Back

"Good Deeds Week, 2011" was a big success! Thanks to those of you who participated by volunteering … [Continue reading]

Good Deeds Books for Kids

{Don't forget to drop by White Rock Paddle to help fill our CANoe with CANS today, or donate … [Continue reading]

Road Trip of a Lifetime!


PICTURES: Road Trip book Sometimes, when life gets busy and we're all going different … [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]