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Charity Curley Mathews
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Charity Curley Mathews is a mom who dreams that her kids eat real food. A former VP Interactive at, she now heads up Mini Foodies in the Making…Maybe. She lives in Rome, Italy with her husband and their small children.

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The Simple Way We Cut Fights, Increased the Peace at Dinner and Made Bedtime Easier

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2015 | 12:44 PM

Sometimes I forget that I am the leader of this unit. That these tiny faces, the ones that look just like my own, are actually expecting me to set the tone, to explain the rules, to lead them through each and every day. Even when I'm tired out. Or

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What I Do When the Kids Say 'I Don't Like It' Before Trying a Bite

(2) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 8:47 AM

"I just don't like it," George said on his way to the table. That's right. He wasn't even sitting down yet. He had no idea what "it" was.

But George is 2 and that's his auto-response to MANY things, sometimes including dinner.

I knew it might be an uphill meal....

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Why You Can't Cook Your Way to a More Enjoyable Family Dinner

(1) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 12:33 PM

Sometimes people say to me, "you must be such a good mom." They think I'm rocking this parenting thing, probably running circles around them, because I make such a big deal out of cooking for our kids. Guess those people have never seen my laundry room.

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8 of the Easiest Things I Did to Feed the Kids Better

(7) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 4:17 PM

Sometimes, feeding my kids reminds me of that old saying, "you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make them eat anything other than dinosaur-shaped chicken nuggets." Right? But the truth is, eating healthy as a family can be easier than you think. As a food...

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12 Cute, Kid-Friendly Dishes That Are Actually Easy

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 9:29 AM

When it comes to getting kids excited about food that doesn't involve shiny wrappers or fish-shaped crackers, I say bring on the cute. With four kids, ages 5 and under, I have only one rule in the kitchen: All ideas must be doable. (Do you hear me, Pinterest?) Kids begging...

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We Already Know Kids Eat Too Much Sugar, So Why Aren't More of Us 'Fed Up'?

(3) Comments | Posted May 16, 2014 | 3:07 PM

How much sugar do your kids eat? And does that question make you want to hit the back button immediately? It's such a prickly subject. I'm a family food blogger and I still feel defensive just thinking about it, like my crazy button has been punched with a...

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Cook, Clean Food Off Floor, Repeat. Why I Wouldn't Have It Any Other Way

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2014 | 5:50 PM

There are few things more grueling than the day-in-day-out demands of feeding kids. Actually picking up the phone instead of emailing someone? Merely annoying. Laundry? Never-ending, but at least it stays in polite piles until I can get to it. This rigorous routine of three meals a day plus snacks...

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5 Easy and Adorable Easter Recipes

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 10:34 AM

I can't lie, I'm not usually into culinary origami. Don't get me wrong; I deeply admire all of those amazing bento lunches I've seen other parents carefully pack and photograph. But with three small kids under the age of 5 at my house, I just don't have the...

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7 (Pretty) Healthy St. Patrick's Day Foods for Kids

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 5:42 PM

It may not be a major holiday, but who can resist one that's full of rainbows, pots of gold and even little leprechauns? From preschool parties to simple snack time at home, these are our favorite ways to ring in St. Patrick's Day, from our kitchen to yours....

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10 Rules for Kids Who Eat Healthy, Whole Foods

(1) Comments | Posted January 8, 2014 | 2:10 PM

Ever since the first of our three children were born, I've been trying to uncover the secret sauce that turns babies, toddlers, preschoolers and even their older counterparts into tiny people who enjoy eating real food. People who are open to trying new flavors and eating vegetables, fresh...

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10 Tips for Cooking with Toddlers And Preschoolers

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 12:32 PM

'Tis the season for baking, and if you're in the kitchen a lot these days, that's exactly where your kids -- the messy ones who don't always listen to instructions -- want to be. But it can be fun. It'll be slow and you'll have flour in places where the...

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I'm a Food Blogger, and I'm Not Judging You

(2) Comments | Posted November 6, 2013 | 12:39 PM

It happens all the time. The minute I mention my blog Foodlets, which is about trying to cook for kids, this is the reaction I get from other parents: "OH. You can never come to my house for dinner then." Then they laugh. A little.

As though...

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The Downsides of Cooking from Scratch for Kids

(12) Comments | Posted June 20, 2013 | 11:38 AM

It all started in Italy. When my husband and I moved to Rome four and a half years ago, I didn't speak a word of Italian (yet) and found the grocery stores mystifying. There was a bit more produce, infinitely more cheese and much less in the way of processed...

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When to Worry About Gluten, and Why I Don't

(25) Comments | Posted April 28, 2013 | 12:11 PM

Dear gluten,

There is no room on the list for you. When it comes to things to worry about, we're all full up here with things like SIDS, drowning at pool parties and how to raise our kids to someday be those amazing adult siblings who want to take...

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Out With Plastic, In With Porcelain: Why I Replaced the Kids' Dishes

(12) Comments | Posted March 21, 2013 | 5:56 PM

The time has come. As a mom who blogs about cooking for kids, there are two things that I keep reading about: an inspiring Montessori approach to eating, and weird news stories about BPA. That's why I decided to pack up the plastic dishes...

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How to Eat Dinner with a Toddler Without Losing Your Mind

(16) Comments | Posted March 1, 2013 | 2:52 PM

It's such a dream, The Family Dinner. From the moment I saw my first ultrasound, I could see it so clearly. A happy family sits around a table, passing heaped platters of colorful food, digging into a juicy roast chicken just as someone says something hilarious. There's probably a freshly...

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2 Things Japanese School Kids Are Learning at Lunch

(3) Comments | Posted February 6, 2013 | 5:00 PM

First it was the French, and now there are foodie rumblings from the Far East. Japanese school kids are eating a better lunch than Americans, so says a recent article in The Washington Post.

That's because kids in Japan are eating something American kids aren't:...

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Where's the Food? My First Trip to an American Grocery Store As a Mom

(73) Comments | Posted January 29, 2013 | 11:06 AM

Before we left Rome, I got together with a friend of mine who had just returned from a summer spent in Brooklyn. "Brace yourself," she told me as we walked up the steps of Villa Borghese. "It's overwhelming." She wasn't talking about her family's temporary transition back to the States...

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Firing the Food Police on Christmas and Other Strategies for a Low-Stress Family Meal

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2012 | 3:07 PM

There are things to worry about over the holidays; Santa's gifts arriving on time, icy roads, whether you'll lose it when your mom tells you to stop worrying because after all, you turned out OK! But stressing out over what the munchkins eat is definitely not one of them. Not...

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Why I'm Still Buying Organic Food for My Family

(1) Comments | Posted September 10, 2012 | 3:26 PM

Oh boy. Aren't the cynics laughing now? This week, USA Today reported on a new study, noting that organic produce may not be more nutritious than conventionally grown vegetables. But just a second.

As I've often mentioned on Foodlets, my blog about cooking for...

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