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, […]

Baby Sign: Top 10 Reasons to Sign with your young child

You have heard me say that my mission in all my work (teaching, writing, blogging, seminars, outreach) is helping to build and strengthen brain and family connections for the health and well-being of children and parents. One of the many child developmental tenets I feel passionately about for this very reason is “baby sign” (though […]

Nurturing Creativity in Kids:The Benefits of Following Through!

In my last post “Got Ideas? Got Kids with Ideas?” on creativity and child-development, I mentioned the three steps to consider for any BIG or little idea: Imagine Capture Execute There is so much benefit to encouraging our childrens’ big thoughts and plans, but the lesson for me is that execution is as much an important […]

Join me: Discipline from the HEART and BRAIN!

Many of you have requested this topic, and it is something ALL of us have to deal with on a daily basis. I will share with you the ideas and information that have helped me most on this complex topic from my parenting/ teaching guru’s book, Easy to Love, Difficult to Discipline by Becky Bailey, along with […]

Why I’m Happy my Son is NOT Going to Kindergarten

GOING OUTSIDE: Try It this Spring!

  Though Tuesday was the official first day of spring (and a very rainy one here in Dallas), Friday seemed like the official “Welcome Spring!” day. School children finally got to go out on their playgrounds (still a little muddy), they gathered in their yards after school with balls and bikes and sidewalk chalk, moms […]

Can you pass the NurtureShock Quiz?

Compare the two statements. Can you tell which one is the common, false assumption and which one is the reaseach-based new way of thinking for parents? —————————————————————————————————- 1. Praise a. If a child believes he is smart, he won’t be intimidated by new academic challenges. b. Giving the kids the label “smart” might cause them to underperform, avoid […]

New Mommy Manders Event: Ready, Set, STROLL!

Okay, this is last minute. But I just found out about it, and wanted to invite you to participate with me for fun and for a good cause… It is a “Stroller-a-thon” which benefits Dallas County’s four Early Childhood Intervention programs that serve children with developmental delays from birth to age three. And if you’ve […]

Summer Time Fun: #6: CHORES

Helping with Summer Chores! Have a “summer chores” day, and enlist the kids help, or just toss in a little indoor chore time every day, and give everyone a task. No matter what their ages, you can find a way to include children in a fun way, practice some “teamwork” and life skills, and instill […]

Mirroring

This week in my toddler classes we’ve been playing and singing “Monkey See, Monkey Do….the monkey does the same as you.” In this fun game, the toddlers get to choose the action facing their grown-ups, and Mommy monkey copies them. (It helps for you to give them some ideas the first few times: pat your head, […]