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 […]

A Measure of Work

I’ve worked hard in my life. I’ve been what you could call poor. I never went hungry or without shoes, but I’ve been poor enough as a child to consider a Barbie doll an uncommonly generous gift, and new shoes a real splurge. I’m not poor anymore, but those lean years have added something to […]

The Beauty of Boredom

“I’m bored!” The words we dread in the full swing of summer, but the fact is, boredom is a beautiful thing to wrestle with. If we stay out of our children’s way, it is a place where passions are born, interests are developed, and resourcefulness is increased. When my own kids were small I would […]

The Best of Mudpie Mamas 2015: Sleep, Camp, Love

As the year draws to a close here are the top 3 posts you have read and re-read over the last 12 months. Enjoy! Get Your Child to Sleep Through the Night Tonight!   How to Camp with Kids           The Beauty of Things We Do Not Choose  

The Beauty of Things We Do Not Choose

by Paula Solis Anderson I didn’t choose to get a divorce. It was a slow, at first unnoticeable demise of 17 years of marriage, a lack of gratitude, a loss of effort. It was painful and shocking to my 6 and 8 year-old daughters and I. I read all the statistics on divorce and children, […]

“You Be the Monster!” The Importance of Playing with Fear

It begins with a simple 5-beat clap; a percussive call to what the kids call the RUNNING GAME. You cannot say those two words quietly. It is always shouted or crowed or yelped when they hear the opening clap. Two-year-old Poppie and four-year-old Finn race upstairs to the long hallway where I sit with my […]

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