abcabcabc Back to School — Mommy Manders

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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” […]


So the morning didn’t go as I’d imagined for myself, the nostalgic Mommy who wanted to Norman Rockwell “First Day of Kindergarten” all-around experience. But it ended up being a great day for MJ, and that’s what matters! Despite all my well-thought-out plans and strategizing, sh** happened. (That’s just life, right? The Universe mocking my […]

“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 […]

Great Idea: Celebrate Dictionary Day!

Did you know today is National Dictionary Day? (Also the birthday of Noah Webster) I didn’t even know there was such a thing, but I discovered it reading this silly (but fun) new book Ellie recently chose at the bookstore, Meet the Lalaloopysy Girls! Apparently it was the day that “Bea Spells-a-Lot” (one of the […]

We Survived Our 1st Week of School!

I know your kids must be in their 3rd or 4th week by now, but CCDC just had our first week of class with students, tots up through age 5, and my kids were 2 of them! It’s been a couple of years since I’ve worked on a regular basis at a pre-school, and I […]

Back To School: LUNCH Bunch!

{I posted this last September, but it’s got some good reminders. I’ve also added a couple of “connecting rituals” for meal-time. The “My Square Meal” lunch boxes are still working, though ones needs a rubber band, and I threw out the cute covers/ carriers for them because I let them get too dirt y last […]

Back to School: Connecting BEFORE School

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 Elementary. What an exciting time! I was feeling quite relieved to still be in my bath-robe at 7:45, my kids snuggled in my bed playing with my computer, NOT […]