The Power of Green Time: 10 Ways to Play Outside

Watch kids play outside with no rules or coaches to govern their behavior and you will see the magical unfolding of bodies swinging, stooping, throwing, racing, twirling in space. A study by the American Journal of Public Health of 452 parents of children diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity order found that one hour of unchecked movement […]

10 Easy and 1 Hard Thing to Remember About Raising Kids

Here are 10 easy things and one hard this mama learned about raising children into a meaningful life: 1. Remember the four A’s of relationships: Attention, Affection, Appreciation, and Acceptance 2. Kids look up to their parents, and, believe it or not, want to please them (at all ages, even during the teen years). Find […]

10 Things to Do to Raise Grateful Children

by Paula Solis Krock Raising grateful children has long been a personal goal of mine, and I am not alone.  I feel pretty confident that the vast majority of parents are with me when I say, I don’t want the screaming five-year old who didn’t get the right colored gift. Yet, after some research on […]

Beyond the Refrigerator Door: 10 Ways to Save Kid’s Art

Don’t get buried under your kid’s art, get clever. I knew a mother who discreetly crumpled a few of her daughter’s many drawings for starting a fire in the wood stove. The phone rang and she closed the stove door before lighting it to answer.  “MOM!!” A voice screamed a few moments later. Her four […]

The Best of Mudpie Mama Posts 2013

  You are a free-ranging group with wide interests!  You enjoy making homemade Valentines  over store-bought cards.  You are looking for ways to get your kids outdoors even in the heart of winter, and you are asking the right questions when it comes to parenting.  When reviewing Mudpie Mamas for the most popular posts, we […]

10 Unusual Alternatives to Halloween Candy And 1 Way to Limit Candy Overload

Here are some weird and wonderful options to the $2.3 billion American spend on Halloween candy, and they won’t contribute toward cavities or obesity in kids! I have linked most of the alternatives, but feel free to explore local options near you. 1. A spoonful of coins One year we ran out of Halloween candy […]

10 Best Organic Foods to Buy

In an ideal world all the fruits and vegetables we ate would be harvested from the ground we lived on. We would grow it ourselves with seeds collected in the fall from the crops of the previous year. The microbes and nutrients in the soil that fed the plants would enter and be familiar to […]

10 Things I Have Done Against the Advice of Experts

  I let my three year old have a bottle and a pacifier at night because he needs them to calm his brain and sleep I did not wake up my newborn to feed her every three hours because I needed the sleep and was a better parent because of it I let my children […]

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