10 Fun Fall Family Rituals!

  “Loving, healthy RITUALS foster the development of loving, emotionally healthy children…. RITUALS are the GLUE that holds the MOSAIC OF LOVE together.” (Becky Bailey) Happy Fall, everyone! This is my favorite season for the crisp, cool days (still waiting) that refresh my spirit, the chance to be outside in nature again (now that the temperature in […]

Good Deeds from Good Kids: Good moments from Mommy Manders Camp

Where have I been?? It’s definitely been a while since I’ve blogged, and I’ve really missed it and you all! I just took it off my plate as I was finishing up the semester teaching pre-school, leading the end-of-year programs for parents, and getting set for my first week of “Mommy Manders” summer camp at […]

Which Came First: The Chicken or the Egg?

My kids love to attend ANY kind of birthday party – fancy princesses, McDonald’s play-ground, bounce houses and face painters, even Chuck E. Cheese, but in our own family we love to throw “home-made” birthday parties. It’s just become our tradition. Now by “home-made”, I don’t necessarily mean the cake (that part I often do […]

BIG Hearts, BIG Wheels, and BIG Fun!

Thanks to everyone who helped to fill up the “Mommy Manders” Party Bus for our delivery of nearly 50 meals today! (It was also fun to see the BIG mixer, pots, and refrigerator in the BIG kitchen. Glad I don’t have to wash those dishes tonight!) We couldn’t have done it without your hands holding […]

Nov. 17th: National FAMILY Volunteer Day!

Check out the GREAT opportunities for your family to “Give Back Together” in the Dallas Community on Saturday, Nov. 17th. Recruit some friends, mark your calendars, and “Live and Label Your Values” for your kids. “In our family, we volunteer!”  (Not in Dallas? Let these ideas inspire you to plan your own outing in your […]

Giving and Getting

Here’s my theory: Teach your child how to give, and get a less demanding, materialistic, whiney kid in the long run. Teach your child how to give, and get a generous, kind-hearted person in return! It’s not just my theory, any child development expert will give the same advice, but I’m starting to see it […]

Looking Back on Giving Back

“Good Deeds Week, 2011” was a big success! Thanks to those of you who participated by volunteering with your little ones at events, by participating at home, by donating to our online drives.  We may not have a had a great turn-out at all of our official “Good Deeds Week” events, but that wasn’t really […]

Our First Family “Good Deeds Week”, 2010

READERS! Don’t forget GOOD DEEDS WEEK 2011 starts Saturday, Aug. 13th! Here’s the back-story… Last summer I planned our first annual family “Good Deeds Week” for me and the kids. I had a week off from teaching and the kids had a week before school started, and I thought it would be a great time to be […]

Here’s the Scoop on “Good Deeds Week” 2011!

GOOD DEEDS WEEK 2011 Saturday, Aug. 13 – Saturday, Aug. 20th Sponsored by mommymanders.com and “Wee Volunteer” of Dallas How your family can participate in GOOD DEEDS WEEK: If you are in Dallas – take a look at the events below, and join us for one or all! E-mail me at lowrymanders@yahoo.com to let me know what events […]

Good Deeds Week: Giving back WITH your children

Top 10 reasons to volunteer with your kids: 10. Volunteering builds self-esteem. The best way to feel good about yourself is to help someone else. 9. Volunteering builds leadership skills. (Who will be in charge of making the lemonade? Who will collect the money?) 8. Volunteering teaches valuable skills and responsibility. (interacting politely with the […]