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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Finding Love and Magic at a Rummage Sale

It was my idea of a great rummage sale. I skipped the tables with crowds around them and headed for the empty corners where creative possibilities were disguised as junk. I found old transistor radios and alarm clocks to take apart, horn rim glasses and a long blonde wig for the dress up box, a […]

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 […]

To Play or Not Play with Your Kids

The other evening, my mom and I had an interesting conversation about playing with our children. We both agreed that getting down on the floor and playing diggers (or whatever toy du jour) was/is not our favorite aspect of parenting. Doing projects? Yes. Exploring outside? Yes. Complimentary activities such as cooking, gardening or cleaning together? […]

Ask a Mama: What’s Wrong with Being a Girly Girl?

So many of the people I know who have little girls act disgusted with things associated with being a girl. For example, pink, sparkles, ruffles, princesses and babies. I am girly 85% of the time and my daughter is probably about the same if not more. Why do so many people feel that letting our […]

The Gift of Failure

By Paula Solis Krock The Gift of Failure has been resurfacing in many of my conversations with parents lately, so I decided to revisit this post. Enjoy. Today it’s my little girl in a Tae Kwon do outfit standing alone in front of a crowd. She glances at the full audience of parents, and peers- […]

10 Ways to Raise Fearless Kids

Being a perfectionist is no fun. In fact it can be downright paralyzing. Fear of failure limits life to safe choices where there are no mistakes, but also no daring ideas or the kind of pluck that leads you to exploration and adventure. The good news is, fearlessness is a learned behavior. The bad news […]

Teaching Your Child to Share

Mudpie Mama Nancy talks about siblings sharing, and how to help your children learn one of the most important concepts of the good life.

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