My name is Kara Fleck and I am the editor of SimpleKids.net.
My husband Christopher and I live in a small town in central Indiana with our four children: Jillian (age 13), Max (age 8), Lucy (age 6), and Amelia (age 3).
I am a dreamer, a writer, a knitter, and a crafter. I’m also a bookworm and a bit of a hooligan. I am a fan of IndyCar, cheesecake, and turning the music up a little too loud.
I’m a believer in childhood and the importance of keeping it as uncomplicated as possible.
I married my husband, Christopher, in 2000 and we started a family shortly thereafter.
At the end of 2013, my sister-in-law Angela, who is a special needs adult, moved in with us and this household of seven became complete.
We love comic books, the library, Star Wars, road trips, the local ice cream shop in our small town, Legos, Walt Disney World, Halloween, and making messes – either crafting up a storm or cooking up a storm in the kitchen.
I’m the oldest child of four, the daughter of a retired wildlife biologist and a school counselor who also taught natural childbirth classes and worked as a doula.
I was raised along the banks of the Mississinewa river in Indiana, just a few miles north of where James Dean grew up. My parents had a large garden, a grape arbor, an orchard, and most of my childhood was spent swimming, riding bikes, and reading as many books as I could get my hands on.
I’ve always loved writing and being around babies and little kids. I worked as a babysitter, a life guard, and an 8 and under assistant swim coach in high school.
In my pre-blogging life I have done everything from designing flyers for local bands (which sounds much cooler than the small-scale venture it actually was), working for my university’s English department as a student secretary, and for a few years I was the assistant manager of a small bookstore.
Before turning to blogging, my creative outlet was self-publishing a hand-drawn zine (think: sharpie markers and a xerox machine) on life as a new mother as well as editing a compilation zine on extended breastfeeding called Yes, I’m STILL Nursing. I was a part of the first Mamaphiles: Birth project.
I have been published in the Little Acorn Learning newsletter, Rhythm of the Home, Bamboo magazine, The Natural Nester At-Home Summer Nature Camp ecurriculum, 3 Things for Mom, and Target’s A Bullseye View.
I’m a contributor to the following books:
- Fizz, Pop, Bang! Playful Science and Math
- Three to Five: the Playful Preschool
- Zero to Two: the Book of Play
Why I Love Simple Kids
Too many families seem to be rushing by the very best parts of childhood. I hope Simple Kids can be a voice advocating the idea of slowing down and living in the moment. I’m striving to give my kids an uncomplicated, slow childhood in a complicated, fast-paced world.
One of my favorite things about being a parent is getting to play, craft, and create with my children – any excuse to get messy and giggle!
I see Simple Kids as an invitation to parents to slow down and reconnect with the fundamentals of parenting. It is time to get back to basics and make childhood simple again.
I would love to hear from you! You can also connect with me in the following ways:
Thanks so much for visiting and for making Simple Kids a part of your day!