Discipline

Help Your Child to Grow Wings

“No one else has to do chores,” my son complained. “And if the do, they get PAID.” “Hmmm…well, that is not the way we do it in our family,” I said, repeating the very words I swore I would never say to my own kids when I was a furious girl with the very same […]

5 Magic Words: “This Doesn’t Work for Me”

Eight-year-old Finn disappeared. Yes, I told him to play outside, yes it was a beautiful day after a week of rain and the tide was out and there were baby crabs under rocks to check out, but he had a friend visiting from school. How could I explain to the mother that the boys had […]

I Give My Daughter Words: Modeling the Language of Calm

by Rebecca Lemar Just after lunch my daughter asks for dried cherries. She can’t be hungry, she just ate. “No thank you,” I say. This little three year old doesn’t want a “no,” she wants cherries and my answer sends her into a fist pounding, feet stomping bout. I put my hand up and say […]

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 […]

6 Tips for Teaching Preschoolers Clean Up

By Paula Solis Krock Teaching our children life skills sets them on the path of becoming responsible little people and teaching them to tidy is one way to begin these life skills. Children love to help, but are easily overwhelmed. Remember, their attention span is about as long as they are years old: 2-year-old, 2 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Mama Says on Terrible Twos: “My Child Won’t Share!”

Dear Mama:  I’ve got a delightful, energetic, bright, and fun little girl who isn’t a bit shy. Usually I take great pride in this personality trait, as I’m no shrinking violet myself. The challenge comes when my daughter has any sort of confrontation over toys. Regardless of whether she’s wanting another child’s toys, or whether […]

When the Spoon Isn’t Purple: Avoiding Temper Tantrums

By Rebecca Lemar My daughter wanted applesauce. I had applesauce and she was happy about that. When I delivered the spoon, you would have thought I handed her a dirty worm. “Nooo, this spoon isn’t purple!” she cried . When the banana comes out broken or heaven forbid, brown!   When the blue car cart at […]

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