abcabcabc Play, Laugh, Sing, Read, Listen, Hug — Mommy Manders

MLK Day: A Family Conversation…

Perhaps you have made plans to see a movie on your day off with the children, or to go shopping at the mall. Or perhaps your kids will be with a sitter while you’re at work – I know, not all of us get this national holiday off! May I humbly suggest that whatever your […]

Turning to the Left or Turning to Listen?

What I know for sure….Listening is a sign of LOVE. A few nights ago, I was reminded of the importance of making time for LISTENING in my daily parenting journey, in the life of my family. I have long listed it as one of the 6 parenting priorities in my “mantra”, my list of to-do’s […]

STOP: Daddy Time!

Dustin works ALL the time, 6-7 days a week, often 12-16 hour days. He is on call every other week which means he might get a total of 4 hours of sleep every couple of nights. It means we sometimes go for days without seeing or talking to him. When he has a day off, […]

Our State Fair is a GREAT State Fair!

Tonight, You Belong to Me: 5 Parenting Lessons from Youtube

“Tonight, You Belong to Me: 5 Parenting Lessons from YouTube I first heard this song in college when Dustin showed me one of his favorite movies, “the Jerk” with Steve Martin and Bernadette Peters. I still remember this wonderful scene, and how much I loved it and laughed at it. The song is just beautiful […]

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 LOVE together.” (Becky Bailey) Happy Fall, everyone! This is my favorite season for the crisp, cool days (still waiting) that refresh my spirit, the chance to be outside in nature again (now that the temperature in […]

Good Things and “God” Things

Last week in chapel at my pre-school, CCDC (Christian Childhood Development Center) where I am the music/ chapel teacher for all the precious kiddos, we discussed how God is EVERYWHERE, even in our hearts. And how it doesn’t have to be a special day like Christmas or Easter or a birthday to celebrate God’s love, but we […]

End of Summer Snippets: Spiders, Slides, and Snuggles!

  I finished reading Charlotte’s Web to the kids the other night, snuggled in my bed. Daddy even joined us for the last couple of chapters which I cried my way through. The kids could not figure out why I was so sad…something about the loss of a loved one, the transience and cycle of life, […]

Good Thing: Under Water “Cousins”

What I know for sure….sometimes being a parent means getting to be a kid again!  Do you remember playing “tea party” in the pool when you were a kid? You know, going under water with a friend to pretend you’re sipping tea, smiling and waving at each other? I remember vividly the sheer delight in […]

ROYAL BABY MANIA! Top 10 British Gifts for OUR kids…

Are you walking around speaking in a British accent? Have you been making bet’s on the Royal baby name or wondering about Kate’s breast-feeding routine and asking your husband to please change the next “nappy” like William? Why are we all so crazy over this little Royal baby boy? I guess it’s always nice to have something […]