10 Things

When you look for one thing, you will often find another—like these lists of things from the essential 10 Secrets to Happy Famiies to the existential Keeping the Love Alive. A great browse for eclectic readers looking for rabbit holes to dive into.

Outside the Backdoor: 10 Easy Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

I was exhausted. I had just had baby number 4 and my husband was in Alaska. I felt the days river past with me scarcely keeping afloat. Baby’s older brother was 21 months, pre-verbal (his older brother and sister did all the talking for him), and he took every opportunity to ‘hug’ baby really hard, […]

10 Fun and Fabulous Springtime Adventures

True exuberant fun for children does not take a great deal of money. That tickly monster game you play before bath? Jackpot! Kids in the kitchen helping to make cookies? Fantastic! More often than not it is the spontaneous and goofy asides that make the best memories. But then a stretch of days like spring […]

10 Indispensable Things for the Art Table

By Rebecca Bloedorn Children love creating. If you give them tools to be artistic and creative, magic happens! These ten things allow your child the freedom to build, create and discover at the table. 1. Paper: Skinny, long, full size, construction paper, newspaper, and tracing paper. Keep in mind the backs of your printed throw-aways […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

10 Simple Ways to Encourage Gratitude

                      I     It’s the season of thankfulness, and I have 10 SIMPLE ways to encourage gratitude in your family. This isn’t Pinterest people, these are simple ways to encourage gratitude without creative pain! 1. Ask a question around a meal, “What is one thing you […]

10 Ways to Childproof Your Home

Life on your hands and knees or 2 feet from the floor means every cord is a fun rope, every hole worth poking into (think electric sockets), and every container is filled with interesting potions worth tasting. Household injuries are at the top of the list why kids under 3 go to the emergency room, […]

Play Outside! Why It is Important in All Weather

That’s right, in ALL weather. It’s easy to spend time outdoors when the sun is out and the temperature warm. There are fewer clothes to contend with and we are drawn to open that backdoor and step outside, but time spent outdoors in winter is almost more important and when we need it most. Not […]

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