More Than Words: Simple Ways to Show Your Kids You Love Them

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The Greeks have four words for love: eros, philia, agape, and storge – the name for the love and strong commitment between family members. I like the idea of having a special word for family love. As a parent, the affection I feel for my kids is limitless. I want them to grow up knowing that they are deeply loved. Each moment brings a new chance to say “I love you” - not just with words, but with deeds and actions.

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. For some, it can be a daunting holiday filled with the pressure of grand gestures and elaborate showing of affection. However, there are simple ways that you can show your kids you love them any day of the year.

Here are a few ideas to get you started …

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Simple Kids Giveaway

We’re celebrating the big changes going on at Simple Living Media this week with a Giveaway! Each blog in the SLM family has a fabulous prize package with ONE lucky winner per blog.  Each of you will have up to two chances to win per blog.  Updated: make that THREE chances to win!

This Giveaway is now closed.  Thank you for entering! 
Check back for a winner soon.

I’m so excited that a Simple Kids reader is going to win prizes from:

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Jumping In

Something new: Kara Fleck takes over as the editor of SimpleKids.net
My name is Kara Fleck and I am thrilled to introduce myself as the new editor of Simple Kids! As a long time reader and fan of this blog, I feel honored to be given this opportunity and look forward to jumping right in and getting to work.

I greatly admire all that Megan has done here and I am sure that you join me in wishing her the best in her future endeavors.

Balance

Karabio2010I should tell you a bit about myself: I am a wife and mother to three. My family lives in rural Indiana where we balance creative pursuits with work and homeschool.

Like many of you, I often find myself pulled in more than one direction. I wear many hats: mother, teacher, writer, wife, homemaker.

I am not perfect and I don’t have all the answers, but I have learned how to ask questions and set priorities. My sincere wish is that I can share what I have learned here with all of you and that someone will find it helpful and reassuring.

I have the heart of an encourager and nothing makes me happier than being able to bring a little bit of light and ease into someone else’s life. I hope that you will find my voice here that of a helpful friend, someone who you can trust to turn to, laugh with, and learn with.

Life is the most peaceful for me and for my family when we keep things simple and focus on the basics, the essentials.

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A New Day for SK!

I can hardly believe it has been nine months that I have had the incredible opportunity to step into the role of editor here at Simple Kids.

In the past nine months, I have been so inspired and so encouraged by this amazing community.  In fact, from the day Tsh first entrusted Simple Kids to me, I have never thought of Simple Kids as my blog; rather, I’ve always seen my role here simply as facilitator of discussion amongst a like-minded community of parents and caregivers all drawn together and united in the pursuit of uncomplicated parenting.

Beginning last fall, I began to feel the movement of God in my life, turning my eyes toward a different community – the physical community in which He has placed our family.  Though my loyalty and devotion to the purpose of Simple Kids has never wavered, I also began to know it was time for me to pass on the torch of leadership so that I might better focus my energy on serving those in this city where my family lives.

Beginning tomorrow, February 8th, you’ll have a new editor providing leadership here at Simple Kids. Kara of Rockin’ Granola will be moving into this role, and I am fully and utterly confident that she is the woman to take Simple Kids to the next level!  This is just one of several exciting changes at SK as the entire Simple Living Media network launches forward to new heights.

Oh, this is such a bittersweet moment for me!  Words cannot express my gratitude for each of you. Your participation in this community, your support for Simple Kids, your emails of encouragement that have brought me to tears on many occasions – my life is so much richer and so fulfilled because of the time I have spent here.  Thank you, thank you, thank you for being the amazing community that you are.

Now, lest you think you can be rid of me that easily, you can be sure that you’ll still see me around the Simple Living Media network in other roles.  Tsh has graciously asked me to stay on as a columnist at Simple Mom, and I’ll be contributing at the newly launched Simple Organic.  And of course, you can (as so many of you do) still visit me at my personal blog – SortaCrunchy.

It is with much love, devotion, affection, tenderness, hope, and expectation that I bid you adieu.  May you and your families be blessed in the coming weeks, months, and years.  Thank you again for allowing me to serve you here.

Weekend Links: Valentine’s Day!

Many families are preparing for a sweet late winter holiday next weekend – Valentine’s Day!

Inspiration abounds, and I’ve chosen a few favorites for today’s weekend links:

red bird crafts: fabric heart necklaces
Playful Learning: Making Valentines
No Time For Flash Cards: Collage Heart
thelongthread: Salt Dough Hearts

And I couldn’t help but to include a few non-Valentine moments of inspiration:

holy experience: Nature Walk, Nature Table, and Free Nature Calendar
Gray Matters: SNOW
Steady Mom: Making Time for One on One Time
Made by Rae: CELEBRATE THE BOY MONTH

What did you read or do this week that you wuold like to share?