December 18, 2017

I wanna be like Stephen Colbert’s mom

Stephen Colbert's mom

By Lowry Manders What I know for sure…every mother leaves a legacy. Last night on the Colbert Report (a favorite show for me and Dustin), Stephen broke character to pay a loving tribute to his mother, Lorna Colbert, who died last week at age 92. She was the mother of 11 children, and left them quite… Read more

10 Earth Day Ideas for Families

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By Lowry Manders This Earth Day, Reconnect with Nature and with Your Family 10 Talking Points and Family Ritual Ideas for Earth Day or any day: Write a “Thank-You” Note to “Mother Earth”, get your whole family involved, and find out what everyone appreciates most about nature. A rainy day? The smell of honeysuckle? The… Read more

10 Reasons to Sign with your Baby or Toddler

reasons to sign with your baby

By Lowry Manders As a parent and teacher, I have witnessed the strong connections that signing makes between children and adults, and in little brains, and it is so fun and simple! I just love it!  Top 10 Reasons to Sign with your Baby or Toddler: Because babies can sign “I love you” before they… Read more

4 Secrets of Happy Families

happy family

By Lowry Manders I recently heard author Bruce Feiler interviewed on NPR about his book The Secrets of Happy Families 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) about how to create happy families in my… Read more

Talking With Your Children About Martin Luther King Jr.


By Lowry Manders Perhaps you have made plans to see a movie on your day off with the children, or to go shopping at the mall. Or perhaps your kids will be with a sitter while you’re at work – I know, not all of us get this national holiday off! May I humbly suggest… Read more

Connect With Your Kids With These Christmas Questions

happy family

By Lowry Manders I started this family ritual in an effort to keep my busy young kids at the dinner table for more than a one minute overlap, and to practice the art of dinner conversation! It’s also a fun thing to do at bed-time or just riding around in the car. You could just… Read more

25 Ways to Countdown to Christmas With Your Kids

ways to countdown to christmas

By Lowry Manders Christmas, in many ways, is a reminder of how LIFE should be. While it’s here, practice making magical, meaningful moments every day because children do grow up so fast, just like we did.  Don’t you remember the magic and wonder? I do. I remember some of the presents (like the remote-control blimp that got caught by a wind… Read more

Girls on the Edge

girls on the edge

  By Lowry Manders “Tell me about yourself.” If someone asked you this question, you would probably talk about your family and what you do with your time. But if they probed further, “Yes, but tell me about who you are.”  Well, wouldn’t that be refreshing! You would pause to consider, then begin telling about what you… Read more

Make a Meaningful Moment


By Lowry Manders “Make a Meaningful Moment” This is one of the quotes that I have posted up in my house – next to the kitchen sink. Every now and then it causes me to step away from work or tasks, and BE with my kids in a meaningful way. Here is a perfect example… Read more

Slow and Steady Wins the Rat Race

bubbles kids

As kindergarten registrations are being filled out across America, Lowry Manders, of the blog Mommy Manders, explains why she is happy her family has made the decision not to send her 5-year-old to kindergarten this fall.  She also reflects on a post she wrote last fall after viewing the documentary Race to Nowhere that makes… Read more