Earth Day and Beyond: 10 Ideas for Re-connecting with your Family and Nature

Re-Connecting with Nature and with Your Family Talking Points and Family Ritual Ideas for Earth Day or any day: Write a “Thank-You” Note to “Mother Earth”, get your whole family involved, and find out what everyone appreciates most about nature. A rainy day? The smell of honeysuckle? The sound of the wind? see mine, which was […]

April FOOLS! for Kids: 10 Fun and Easy Tricks

I used to be able to make my kids laugh VERY easily…as babies, all I had to do was make a silly face or sound. But now that they are getting older, my silliness can elicit rolled eyes and sighs, though they can’t hide their smiles! 😉 The good news is that they are at […]

Ice Day Fun: Stuck inside with the kiddos?

Click on these 10 great “Mommy Manders” indoor fun ideas for connecting with your kids. Be safe, and make some meaningful memories! Look at each post for details, songs, rhymes, and ideas for each developmental stage. 1. Bubbles! 2. indoor water play 3. play school 4. Dance Party! 5. Make a tent! 6. Help with the chores 7. indoor “picnic” at the […]

Celebrating Summer! Celebrating Childhood!

Camp is FUN for everyone, doo-dah, doo-dah,  Celebrate the summer sun, oh-doo-dah-day Summer songs to sing, summer games to play,  Camp is FUN for everyone, oh-doo-dah-day, HEY! Recently I had the pleasure celebrating the beginning of SUMMER with 19 fabulous young kiddos (and 2 great helpers) at my “Celebrate Summer” Camp! A great time was […]

12 Great Easter Egg Ideas for Making Brain and Family Connections!

Happy Easter from my Family to yours! Bombarded with little plastic Easter eggs everywhere you turn? Here are a Dozen great uses for them! 1. Conversation Starters! Put in Easter Egg Questions: 12 Talking Tips for Your Family Meal! This is an idea we have used at our home before. Let the kids hide the […]

Dandelions and Days OFF: Tokens of JOY from Parenting and Life

If you read my blog, you know that I have my share of “no fun” moments with my kids, even a few BIG tantrums, though I don’t have a toddler anymore! Sigh. You know that I have long weekends and days without “Daddy” sightings or hubby-help. (Not because this is what Doc Dustin chooses for […]

How to Raise a READER: 6 Tips for Reading with your Kids

Monday is “READ Across America Day!”  good excuse to remind ourselves of the importance of reading with our children… Read with your kids every day to MAKE a Reader! Write these 6 simple steps on a bookmark to remind you how to get the most out of your reading time together when you pick up a […]

Ideas for Read Across AMERICA Day: March 3rd!

READ EVERY DAY!  Well, March 3rd is also my birthday, and 1 day after Dr. Seuss’s 113th birthday! (I’m turning 77 years younger!) If you’re a parent or a teacher, find at least one FUN Way to celebrate. I’ve listed “10 Ways to Celebrate Seuss” for you and your class or family at home to […]

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

Tomorrow is BACKWARDS YAD!

Did you even know there was such a thing? It’s true, and it’s LOTS of fun to celebrate with your kiddos. A great chance to turn an ordinary Friday into a memorable and SILLY one – creating moments of brain and family connections! I discovered this last year as I was getting ready for school […]