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 kinds of intelligence common in all humans? How does understanding these help us to appreciate our children's strengths, diversity among family members and classmates? How can we teach our children about these in a way that will give them more confidence, more motivation to "exercise" these … [Continue reading]

Announcing: “Mommy Manders” BOOK CLUB!

It's so much MORE than Story-Time! "Building BRAIN and FAMILY Connections" Come Play, Laugh, Sing, Read, Listen, Hug and Learn with Miss Lowry. These one-of-a-kind STORY-TIMES will include music and movement games, signing and singing, a family prayer, a craft, poetry, take-home parenting tips and activities, and of course, AWESOME books!  All ages welcome! (For babies, tots, pre-schoolers, … [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 those 2 most important messages to your kiddos: "I'm here" and "I love you." Have a little fun, and find out which connection ritual they like the best! Try these 10 ways of saying "goodbye" to your child at childcare or school: 1. with a "Kissing … [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? We've ALL been there, and the challenges change with every stage and every child. But somehow those with us with kids tend to be worn out by 9:01, or whatever your "drop-off" time might be. As a teacher, I do a pretty good job hiding it on my face, … [Continue reading]

“Love” Passage, Back-to-School Style

I wrote this for me this morning...I needed it. Maybe you do, too. Happy Back-t0-school! If I buy all the right white collared polo shirts from Target, khaki shorts and pants according to the school uniform policy; but do not show love to my family, I'm just another shopper. If I slave away in the kitchen packing healthy Hello Kitty and Space Robot lunch boxes, peeling carrots, spreading … [Continue reading]

Back to School: Connecting BEFORE School

"Back to school, back to school, reading, writing, that's the rule.  Songs to sing, games to play, … [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 … [Continue reading]

Slow and Steady Wins the “Rat Race”: Reflections on “Race to Nowhere”

Last night several moms and dads from my “Parent with Purpose” Meetup group gathered, along with … [Continue reading]

Fresh Air and Fresh Perspectives at Montreat: Little Cabin in the Woods


(Written on Monday, July 6, 2015)...I am outside working in the MIDDLE of the day! I'm enjoying a … [Continue reading]

Top 10 Benefits to “Free Range” Parenting!


Or as my husband Dustin points out, what used to just be called...."parenting". (This is part of … [Continue reading]

10 Free Range To-Do’s for Kids and Parents: For Growing Up and Letting Go

The first time Ellie wanted to walk home from school alone I kept my eye on her from the car!

(This is one in a series of posts on "Free Range" Parenting that I have written about the subject … [Continue reading]

“All Will be Well”: A Parent’s Prayer for Letting Go

 I free you from my anxiety...You are God's child...All will be well. Powerful phrases for parents … [Continue reading]