10 Delicious and Healthy Kid Snacks

  Nutrition has been a hot topic in every class I’ve held this year, so I thought you would appreciate these great ideas for healthy kid snacks for the new year. What healthy snack ideas have you used with your children? Please share! We are in this together! Diced cheese with pretzel sticks (fun to poke and […]

Dessert First!

What is so sacred about dessert after dinner and not before? What’s wrong with shaking it up and breaking the rules? It turns out nothing; in fact dessert first will shake up the lockstep of routine and make a dark day brighter. It started one night many years ago when the kids were young and […]

10 Ways to Boost Kids’ Creativity

  One of the biggest creativity killers is feedback; all kinds of feedback, the good and the bad. If an adult makes a comment or observation about a creative effort, it is evaluation pure and simple. Evaluation curbs a child’s enthusiasm and makes them self-conscious, even when we believe we are building their esteem by […]

What’s Normal? Milestones from Birth to 1 Year

One of my favorite books when I began having babies was Berry Brazelton’s Infants and Mothers  He profiled three babies—an average (Louis), an active (Daniel), and a quiet baby (Laura)–and went through the milestones of ‘normal’ developmental behavior. He was also on the forefront in research on how parents’ perceptions of their babies impact their […]

Recipes for Fun

  These art experiences are great activities for bored kids. Who can resist edible fingerpaint on a slow winter afternoon? These recipes are guaranteed to keep boredom at bay, and best of all–surprisingly easy to clean up after! Bubble Prints      Make note cards and stationary with bubble prints! Plan ahead–these make nice cards for […]

Mama Says: “How Can I Stop the Fighting?”

Dear Mama, I have two sons 5 and 3 years old. I saw you speak on creativity and was inspired to put together an art and inventor’s box, and it works—they love it! but the 3-year-old messes with his brother’s projects and things often escalate to a fight. How can I stop the fighting and […]

Mudpie Mama Favorite Posts of 2017

Teaching children a solid work ethic, negotiating the tricky territory of a best friend’s out-of-control son, and life as Plan B when all goes awry were some of the most popular posts of 2017 here at Mudpie Mamas. Enjoy! And warm wishes for a Happy New Year filled with adventure and dirt roads! http://bit.ly/19xtOFY “A […]

3 Easy and 1 Hard Way to a Peaceful Holiday Season

I heard the crash at 6:00 in the morning and bolted out of bed. The Christmas tree had slammed to the ground in a spectacular mess of broken ornaments and pine needles. The 4 and 6-year-old culprits were crying and wringing their little hands. “I was just DECORATING,” wailed our son. I sighed and put […]

10 Timeless Gifts for Kids

Two big plastic bins of Legos have survived in our home for 30 years, dozens of kids, and random household purges. They were one of the few ‘toys’ I gave the grandparents when they asked for the kids’ Christmas lists, given among the requests for binoculars, tool kits, and tractor inner tubes—now those are real […]

“The Best Parenting Advice I Can Give You…”

Many summers ago when my daughter was expecting her third baby she asked me to gather a group of wise and beloved women together for a Blessingway, an alternative to a shower that focuses less on gifts and more on the mother-to-be. Blessingways help the mother prepare emotionally and spiritually for birth with the female […]

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