abcabcabc family rituals — Mommy Manders

Celebrate Spring! 10 Fun Ideas for your Family

  (This is the first post in my “Celebrate Spring” blog series. I’ll be sharing great ideas with you for building brain and family connections this season…stay tuned for more!) In case you didn’t know, yesterday was the FIRST day of Spring. “In Our Family”, our ritual is to play barefoot in the grass on […]

September Snippets: Sweet Dreams, Sweet Words, and Sweetie Pies!

Today, my late Gigidad’s birthday: thinking about how he LOVED these little children, and I’m so thankful he got to meet and know them a little bit. Everyday, I try to channel his patience, goodness, and gentleness for my own parenting, but it takes at least double the recipe for my kids! Ellie and MJ […]

“Mommy and Me” date

My “good thing” for the day….A “Mommy and Me” breakfast date with Ellie Kate! Dustin and I try to be intentional about creating these one-on-one opportunities with our kiddos about once a month, putting them into our schedules, arranging childcare or special grandparent time for the other child (or planning a simultaneous “Daddy Date”), getting […]

“Twinkle, Twinkle/ Wonderful Child”

“Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star,  What a wonderful child you are,  With bright eyes and nice, round cheeks,  A talented person from head to feet.  Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star,  What a wonderful child you are!” This rhyme/ song is my favorite “I Love You ritual” that I learned from Becky Bailey. (Go to my “bookshelf” page […]