Full of Thanks and Giving! 10 Thanksgiving Ideas for your family from mine…

I am snuggled with my Ellie girl on the couch under a blanket this lazy Wednesday morning, enjoying a few days off from work and school. Feeling so thankful for a healthy, loving family, for a wonderful job that allows me to use my gifts and share lots of love, for the opportunities I’m given […]

FREE “Signing and Singing” Family Workshop: Nov. 1st! Top 10 Reasons to Sign with Your Kids

ALL are INVITED! Parents, Grandparents, Teachers, Caregivers… Saturday, Nov. 1st, 9-11am NorthPark Presbyterian Church, 9555 N.Central Expressway 9:00-9:30 Family “Sign and Sing” time, 9:30-10:45 Parent Education on / Childcare, 10:45 Closing Family “Sign and Sing” (especially good for children with special needs, as well) Top 10 Reasons to Sign with your Baby, Tot, and young […]

MJ Birthday Letter #7

This letter continues a special birthday ritual I began when MJ was a baby of writing letters to my children as an intentional gift of love. Read previous letters: Letter #6, Birthday Letter #5, Birthday Letter #4, Birthday Letter #3, Birthday Letter #2, Birthday Letter #1, Letter to new Baby MJ (I started this letter on Sunday after sitting in church with […]

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 […]

Got Joy? Got Fun? Got Kids? Definitely Got ISSUES….

Earlier this week during one of Ellie’s 4-year-old tantrums (not gonna sound as “normal” when she turns 5 in May!), she told me I was the worst mother in the world, and used the “hate” word for the first time. I managed to keep my cool, help her through it, still feed her and get […]

What a Difference a Day Makes! (…and a little bribery)

Moms, tired of FUSSY children after school? Try Mommy Manders’ new “SLURPEE STRATEGY”! Proven to work by some of the most difficult (and wonderful) children in the world! Last week, just when I was thinking about enrolling my children in full-time after-school care, we finally had a pleasant few hours together with minimal shouting, conflict, whining, […]

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 […]

Let it Go, Let it Go, Let it Go: A Busy Mom’s Holiday Carol

Day number five of our Christmas countdown, and I’m already worn out. Mostly by the energy, enthusiasm, and preparation it takes to keep the attention of 120 pre-schoolers for daily Christmas program rehearsals at school, followed by kicking and jumping to the “Russian Dance” from The Nutcracker, jingle belling with 2-year-olds, and then playing referee […]

Headed to Mo!

This morning I hit the road with my kiddos in the church van with my parents to make the long (but worth-it) drive into the Texas Hill Country for our annual all-church retreat at Mo-Ranch! This is definitely a summertime ritual in m family. I have grown up going every year, with my parents always in charge […]

“Walker: Texas DANGER!”

So, last night’s post was pretty heavy…racial inequality, having “the talk”, violence and racism, blah, blah, blah….How about something FUN tonight instead? And it’s a reminder that we ALL take our first steps – every kid, everywhere, no matter what color! AND we’re all proud of ourselves when we do – that’s the best and […]