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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, […]

4 Secrets of a HAPPY FAMILY!

Listen to the story I recently heard this author interview on NPR, and as I listened I thought to myself, “I have got to get a book published!” He is echoing so much of the things I preach (and try to live) in my “Parent with Purpose” seminars. But, honestly, I think my way of […]

Have You Done Your Daily Parenting “Stretches”?

I like to start my day by doing some daily stretches and deep breathing before the kids wake up (if I’m lucky).  Not only does it help my tired old bones and muscles to wake up, but it mentally and spiritually centers me for the important task of embodying LOVE and PEACE for the day […]

Eyebrows, Coffee, and Beach Balls…OH MY!

So, feeling a bit overwhelmed this week after coming home from our road trip Monday evening to a messy house (same one we left in a whirlwind rush on Thursday), to a busier than usual teaching schedule, a broken dishwasher, a traveling husband (to Buffalo, NY – no offense to any up-staters, but I’m hoping […]

“Take Me Ridin’ in the Car”

Summer Time Fun: #8: CRAFT together!

Crafting Together! Set out a variety of supplies or one specific activity in a tray, and let the creating (and mess-making) begin. All of the following ideas are great  for overall development, but especially fine motor (an area lacking in many kids today because they are not doing enough old-fashioned no-battery play, and getting too much […]