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  • “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 […]
  • Mama Says: “Help! I Yell Too Much!” - Dear Mama, I have three kids from a 13 month old baby to a 6-year-old. My husband travels a lot for business and when he goes all the responsibility for feeding, bathing, disciplining, getting everyone out the door for pre-school every morning, etc. falls on me 24/7. It can be exhausting and there are days […]
  • The Right (and the Wrong) Way to Praise Kids - Want to increase your child’s self-esteem? Make her more resilient and willing to face challenges? Stop praising her. That’s right, stop the atta-girl, you are so smart and strong. An intriguing longitudinal study on parent praise by Carol Dweck, a Harvard researcher, shows that too much positive feedback can backfire and hijack the very attributes […]
  • Ask a Mama: Taming Toddler Aggression - I am having an issue with my 18 month old. A few weeks ago she started to do something that has me a bit concerned–when she is around other toddlers it seems she doesn’t know how to handle her emotions and tries to kiss, hug, or if they ignore her, she will pinch or hurt […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • This Mama’s Take on Stranger Danger - We were on our way to a school celebration. The kids were excited even if they had to dress up and brush their hair and wear shoes instead of their customary rubber boots. It was the culmination of a 6-month study on the culture of Mexico and there was going to be a piñata! Tacos! […]
  • How to Form Fabulous Family Relationships - By Nancy Blakey There are a thousand ways to raise a happy and healthy child. I have seen strict parents and lenient parents do it. I have watched intact families, single parents, rich and poor, manage to instill a sense of purpose and meaning in their children. There is no grand formula, no one set […]