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Help Determine MPMK’s Future

This photo probably seems a bit random to you. To me it perfectly encapsulates why I’m using today’s post as a poll about the future direction of MPMK. It was taken a few weekends ago at the pumpkin patch and when I saw it I couldn’t believe how old my kids looked! Where are my babies? And who are these burgeoning little people who have taken their place?
Just as my children grow, so too must MPMK. I realized that time is flying by and it won’t be long before mornings spent at home doing art projects will be replaced by school and sports and Lord knows what else.  And, to be honest, I’m itching to branch out a little.  As wonderful as it’s been to see so many of my ideas and crafts shared around the web, I’m feeling the site’s a little heavy on the “Messy Kids” and a little light on the “Modern Parents”.
I need to widen the scope of this space so I don’t eventually outgrow it all-together. To that end, I’m asking for your help today. Would you mind taking a few seconds out of your day and answering a single question for me? What new topics would you like to see MPMK start to cover?
I’ve listed a few ideas but I’m pretty open at this point so if there’s something you’re interested in, need help with, etc. – please let me know in the comments below. Thanks so much!

 

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Danielle Daws October 19, 2011 at 5:43 am

I’d love to see a section on gift suggestions for kids (and adults for that matter!). Things that are possibly a little more unusual? :-)

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Busy as a Bee in Paris October 19, 2011 at 6:46 am

oh! they grow so fast! embrace the moment, even the hard times, right? love your blog! i’m definitely into everything that can help me foster happy, healthy relationships with my kiddos!

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April October 19, 2011 at 6:47 am

This is an easy fix Steph, just keep having more babies!

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Brittany Allen October 19, 2011 at 6:51 am

I would love a combination of interior design with kid friendly storage. Ways to make spaces adult AND kid friendly. Like ideas for a living room space I can use for drinking coffee with friends but turn around and have it practical for my little one’s weekend creativity.

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FreePlay Kids October 19, 2011 at 7:59 am

I second what Danielle says!

Also, how about a section with some quick and simple fashion tips/ideas for active moms on the go!

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Angie October 19, 2011 at 12:04 pm

I read your site for the messy kids! If you continue to grow with your site, I think you will provide an invaluable resource for parents and families. Kids don’t outgrow their creativity….but society takes a lot of it away as they grow. I have kids ranging 11, 8, and 2 months. I would love to see stuff for my older kids as well as things for the baby!

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Carrie October 19, 2011 at 2:23 pm

I think that as an author of a blog you are naturally going to write about what is going on in your life–which is your children at their current stages. As they grow your blog will naturally grow in that direction. However, my children are older and even though I adore your blog, I don’t necessarily see ideas for the mid-range kids (mine are 5 and 9). (Which makes complete sense though again because your children are younger and that is what you DO…)

Basically– I guess my thoughts are if you could add a broader age range to this site it would help a mother out;)

Love what you do, btw.

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Tina October 19, 2011 at 2:36 pm

I also really love to connect with other moms…hear how they manage life, their parenting philosophies, their priorities. I truly love to cruise those blogs and am inspired.
Best,
Tina

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andria October 19, 2011 at 2:43 pm

Please, no fashion. What I love about your site is that your features stand apart from the rest of the blogs in so many ways. But what I love about this site is the frest aspect of delight you take in *being* parents. It IS a modern trait to find such deep pleasure among the deep challenges of parenting, to dig out the gold among the muck of a day, and relish it. My family is still young (5 and 18 months) and to have your fresh perspective chronicalling the daily ins and outs of the season that you’re in with your kids is a great blessing for many of us, that bridge with other parents as we tread through it together.

Thank you for allowing us to offer our two cents as you shape your direction with MPMK. As a subscriber, I look forward to your posts and love your work here. Good luck on the Best Kids Blog!

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Elizabeth October 19, 2011 at 4:09 pm

I’d love to read about your experiences in parenting, as a whole. What challenges do you and your husband face as a couple, after becoming parents? What role do you see your marriage playing as your children grow and develop their own personal relationships? What do you do to keep your mind clear, fresh, and energized as a SAHM/WAHM?

But truly, I think that your best bet is not to aim for what readers want. The blogs I love the most are on topics that the AUTHOR is passionate about. Readership will follow.

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Steph at ModernParentsMessyKids.com October 19, 2011 at 4:21 pm

Hi guys,

Thanks SO MUCH for taking the time to let me know your thoughts. I probably should have been a little more clear in my post. I’m not looking to make a drastic change here – MPMK will always be for and about modern families. So by fashion, for example, I’m not talking about becoming vogue. Maybe just a post or two on cute rain boots for mom and the kids or the easiest (and most comfortable) way for moms to look cute this fall.

Many of you have written that I should write about what I’m passionate about and I couldn’t agree more! The goal here isn’t to write about something just to get readers. But right now I have many different areas I’m becoming interested in so I’m looking for a little guidance on where to start.

Thanks guys – you’re the best!

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Anonymous October 19, 2011 at 6:02 pm

-I really really like the gift suggestion ideas

-practical- real life take aways or tips on raising strong/confident girls and boys- how do i do this?

-how to – getting your kids to eat better 9and want to)

- recipes or dinner ideas (always wondering what i am going to make for dinner) for parents and kids

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Melissa October 20, 2011 at 2:44 am

Honestly – I love your blog as it is! I understand that you need to keep it fresh and working for you… but please keep doing the craft ideas with the kids. I’ve found so many inspiring ideas here!

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Kate @ another donkey design October 20, 2011 at 2:50 am

Hi – my other is tips on being a balanced parents as your children grow.

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Anonymous October 20, 2011 at 5:01 pm

I recently discovered your blog, and am thrilled with wonderful suggestions and activities that you have to offer your readers. There are many craft/activity blogs for moms out there, but yours already has a different feel to it with more substance. I love your links to literacy, and your enthusiasm about issues such as developing self-esteem in our daughters. I think you have a great opportunity to further develop some of those areas that you are passionate about.
I will also second some of the other replies- gift ideas would be wonderful, as would some “real mom” fashion from time to time :)
You have a good thing going here, and I hope to see this blog for a long time to come. Best of luck to you!

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Anonymous October 21, 2011 at 1:50 pm

I just recently started following… mainly for the purpose of getting ‘messy kids’ ideas! Please don’t cut back on that portion!! I love and need the ideas!! :) Thanks!!

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Anonymous October 24, 2011 at 3:01 pm

I love your blog (and your Boards!). I check your blog on a weekly basis, and pore through everything. I have been inspired by many of your posts, from crafts to try with my kids, to new books to check out for both myself and my kids, to kid-centered design ideas (we now have v. cute book nooks in our closets which my kids l.o.v.e!). It’s become a great resource for me, and when I saw this post, my stomach lurched a little for fear it might go away or change too much! I love your “we did it’ section, the installments you offer on language learning and literacy, and more recently, your montessori posts. All things i am so interested in and always wanting more information about. I would love to offer some suggestions on what direction for you to take, but my guess is that your blog reflects issues, ideas & topics that interest you, and I think that really translates well. So I say keep it coming – I can’t wait to see what develops! No how’s that for selfish? I take and use all your ideas, and give nothing back! (p.s. i was thrilled this morning to see your “I did it” because I too ‘whipped’ up some dino tails for my two boys this weekend! Like you, I found it a little more involved than i anticipated – the result was a hit though, so worth all the sewing and snipping angst! I now have a request in for some elephant tails, so I’ll have to see what i can do about that…)

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Anonymous October 28, 2011 at 7:27 pm

I too love your blog as is and like some of the other suggestions as well. If I could anything in terms of potential topics – what about advice when travelling with children, or activities that are travel friendly, date night suggestions for mom and dad or how to fit those in :-)

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