An Easy and A Hard Way to Travel with Kids

One day many years ago I was listening to NPR when a fascinating piece came on about zebras. Even though their distinctive stripes make them stand out on the African plain individually, collectively their patterns merge, making it difficult for a predator to visually isolate just one and pick it from the herd. Alone they […]

Summer Berry Muffins

The summer is packed full of fresh produce here in the Pacific Northwest, and berries are plentiful! In my house it is a crime to let one single berry go to waste. To come up with a no-fool plan to save every last berry, I use this wonderful Summer Berry Muffin recipe. This recipe is […]

The Best Father’s Day Gift: Romance

It was Father’s Day in Bristol Bay Alaska. The boys were fighting over who got to use the four-wheeler first, there was a parade of fishermen through the house, and my husband was buried in tasks. He looked tired as the salmon season began to unfold for our processing company. What Father’s Day? “Could I […]

Ask a Mama: “Ouch! I Have a Biter!”

  Hey Mudpie Mamas – Looking for some advice here. My daughter (19-months old) has started biting. She bit my husband for the first time last night, we told her no, explained it hurt daddy, she started crying, and I thought we were done. I just got a text from our daycare and she has […]

Easy Tin Can Stilts

Cross that mud puddle without getting wet feet! Tin can stilts are super easy to make and a fun way to walk. What you will need: 2 clean and empty cans the same size, opened at one end (tall juice cans work great) Clothes line or thin rope Can opener (to make holes) First make […]

The Rich World of Kinship: 10 Ways to Grow Human Connection

Look at the sweet faces of children in front of a screen—vacant-eyed, passive, disengaged. Okay, so the truth is we need that quiet passivity at times to get things done–to draw a breath or flip a pancake, or return an email, but there are greater things waiting to happen. Turn off the technology. It can […]

Music, Stress, Play, Chores, Sleep: 5 Fascinating Studies

Did you know: Pregnant women respond more intensely to music? Your baby can share your stress? Kids with more play autonomy grow into more socially successful adults? One simple word change makes kids more helpful and willing to do chores? Interrupted sleep is as exhausting as no sleep at all? Read on! Here are 5 […]

Outdoor Art: The Best Foot Paint Ever

My favorite projects in the whole world are those that send kids outdoors, armed with color and imagination and energy. There is no better place to make art!  Outside is a mess-forgiving place that absorbs the drips and spills of budding Van Goghs of all ages and allows their imaginations full rein. The Best Foot […]

Fall Down 7 Times Stand Up 8: Raising Resilient Kids

 Albert Einstein once said I am not necessarily smarter, I just stick with the problem longer than anyone else.  It can be difficult to watch your child muddle through a problem on her own, particularly when we, as the adult, have the know-how and resources to solve it quickly.  We believe our help will ease […]

Ask a Mama: Playground Manners

I have a lively 2-year-old and a 4-year-old and my parenting style is pretty relaxed. I’ve noticed when we are at the park most of the parents are hovering close to their kids, helping them to take turns, managing the sharing of sandbox toys, and making sure things are fair between all the kids. I […]

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