I’m Ariadne – a.k.a Mudpiemama and I’m thrilled that Mamapoekie has invited me to be a contributor to Authentic Parenting on a regular basis. I’ve enjoyed following Authentic Parenting and being a guest poster. Before I continue adding into the site here is a bit about me and my writing.
At the moment, my full time job is being mom. It is the hardest job I’ve ever had and the one I enjoy the most. I’d like to think I’m parenting authentically - not totally crunchy but not so mainstream either. If you saw me out and about, chances are, I’d have my baby strapped in a carrier (quite possibly breastfeeding) one curly headed three year old in rain boots holding my hand and a five year old in a fireman hat or maybe a super hero mask and cape following close by.
When my children have needs, I try to meet them day or night. As a family, we have routines to make daily tasks predictable but it's flexible. If we have challenges we talk them out. We think up solutions and talk about choices. We are connected and explore the world together and have lots of fun.
We go to playgrounds and walk in the forest, do messy projects and dance in the dark. We cuddle to read piles of books and watch shows. We play games and create together. We own more toys than a toy store, which is something I would like to change. We recycle and trade but we could be better to the Earth. We eat meals as a family, we are all happy vegetable eaters but I like chocolates and candy so my children eat some too.
I didn't fear birth and did it naturally (VBACs rock!) but laundry is another story so no cloth diapers here (shame on me.) Thankfully I have been rescued by the laundry master –aka my handsome husband who also makes breakfast every weekday morning while I am breastfeeding baby. I have been breastfeeding one baby after the other for five years straight and I’ll stop when, well I don’t know just when and that’s fine by me.
I’m a dancer at heart but have a degree in communication sciences. I meditate and do Yoga when I get a chance. I sing, though I don't sound that great. I enjoy writing children's stories and songs but mostly I write about all things parenting and family life. I enjoy finding playful, practical and peaceful solutions to everyday parenting challenges but beyond that I want to inspire parents and children to connect and enjoy their parent-child journey.
I will be contributing to Authentic Parenting twice a month on Wednesdays. Until the next post, if you would like to see some of my work check out 1oo things to do this summer and my previous guest posts at Authentic Parenting:
Ariadne has three children, she practices peaceful, playful, responsive parenting and is passionate about all things parenting and chocolate. She believes parents and children should try to have fun everyday and love life.