The following post was written by Simple Kids editor Kara Fleck.
We’ve had some new readers join us at Simple Kids recently and I wanted to officially welcome all of the new faces I’ve seen in the comments lately: I’m so glad you’re here and joining in with me on this journey.
If you haven’t yet taken the time to explore the blog, I thought today would be a good time to give a little behind-the-scenes tour of Simple Kids – a reader’s guide, if you will.
Who is Kara?
Since February 2010, I’ve been the editor of Simple Kids and I also have a personal blog, Rockin’ Granola. That photo above is my desk, affectionately known as “Simple Kids Headquarters.”
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 along the way that life is the most peaceful for me and for my family when we keep things simple and focus on the basics, the essentials.
Something else that I have learned over the years is that families exist in a fluid state – children grow, needs change, surprises (good and bad) occur, life happens. Mindful parenting allows my family stay connected and that connection gives us roots, no matter our season of life.
Mission of Simple Kids
At Simple Kids, my mission is to provide worthwhile content on:
- mindful parenting
- kids’ activities with a purpose
- healthy family living
Simple Kids is not a one-woman show. I am honored to work with an amazing group of contributors and am so pleased to get to share their wisdom and talent with you.
If you haven’t checked out our About page, let me introduce you to …
Amy is happiest surrounded by her husband, two daughters, stacks of books, and craft supplies. With a background in psychology, early childhood education, and elementary teaching, Amy is a supporter of playing dress-up, digging in the dirt, and squeezing out puddles of glue. If she could share one message with parents and educators, it would be, “More play, please!”
At her blog, Let’s Explore, Amy shares her family’s experiences creating, imagining, and playing together. Amy’s personal interests include reading, sewing, writing, and wishing for a hammock. Amy and her family are also excited about their newest adventure – homeschooling! You can read about her homeschooling journey at Early Bird Homeschool.
Though a true southern girl at heart, Christen majored in French and Fine Art, spending some time living in Paris while in college. It was there that she discovered her love for fresh, colorful, natural foods at the local street markets. Cooking became her artistic medium of choice, creating lovely little dishes to share with those she loved the most.
After having her little girl, she worked by day and stayed up late nights developing homemade baby food recipes for her daughter. Combining her passion for food with her media experience, she launched NurtureBaby to inform, inspire, and encourage other busy parents to make wholesome and delicious baby food for their little ones.
Jennifer started her adult life on what you might consider a traditional path, earning a BA in Communications and fully intending to put that to use in the non-profit sector. After a brief stint at that plan, the man she married began taking her around the world—literally! The past ten years of their nomadic life has given her the opportunity to pursue a variety of careers and activitiesr. Most recently she has taken on the job of full-time motherhood, to a vibrant, talkative and energetic three-year-old son, and her second son was born this past spring.
As a result of their travels, Jennifer and her family have been exposed to and developed a love for a variety of music. She is delighted to be able to share her enthusiasm and to encourage Simple Kids readers to listen to new tunes in her monthly music column.
Mariah Bruehl is the mother of two creative girls ages five and seven, wife to an incredibly supportive husband and an educator at heart. Last year, after years of working in the field of education, Mariah decided to take some time off to be with her two young daughters. Among the many benefits of their time together was the birth of Playful Learning, a website that was created to help parents support their children’s learning and development.
Mariah is now utilizing her knowledge and experience to adapt what she knows about educational research and practice into simple, playful learning experiences that promote positive family interactions.
Emily is a wife to Patrick, the adventurous pilot, and a mother to Miles, her sweet son. She has a degree in Early Childhood Education and has taught at the elementary level, and is now a third grade teacher.
Emily enjoys reading, writing, traveling, mission work, teaching, learning Spanish and relaxing with her family. At The Pilot’s Wife, Emily blogs about flying, building their hangar-home, mommy-hacks, faith, and wrangling a 130 lb dog.
Rae Grant is the author and book designer of the popular vintage-modern children’s activities books Crafting Fun 101 Things to Make and Do with Kids (2008 St. Martin’s Griffin) and Cooking Fun 121 Simple Recipes to Make with Kids (2008 St. Martin’s Griffin). Her third and newest book, Homemade Fun 101 Crafts and Activities to Do with Kids (June 2010, St. Martin’s Griffin), continues down the road to simple and imaginative fun with kids and families.
Rae lives in Manhattan with her husband, daughter, and their family cat Blue.
Catherine is an Australian mother of two boys. Growing up she spent her fair share of hours finding hideaways for reading, roaming the neighborhood, swimming laps in the pool and catching various bugs, lizards, crabs and other critters. She went on to get a Bachelor of Science and worked for a while as a geophysicist. But she soon found her calling as a science educator.
She now channels her energies into chasing her sons, the dog and the chickens around their five acre block and sharing her passion for lifelong learning at her blog, Adventures With Kids.
Robin Zipporah has four- and two-year-old daughters, an infant son, a lovely husband who works many more than full-time hours and a full-time career of her own in government in the suburbs of Washington, DC. She takes her little loves with her to work where they spend their days in a childcare program tucked gently into the building where she spends her quietest eight hours.
At the end of each day she packs up her work and packs up her children and they commute together back home and back to Daddy, telling stories all the while.
You can always read more about Robin’s parenting philosophies and her family’s antics and adventures at her personal blog: The Not-Ever-Still Life.
I’m really proud of Simple Kids’ status as a resource for parents seeking to slow down, get back to basics and to connect with like-minded families. My hope is that the community which has been built here will continue to grow and that we will keep supporting and learning from each other.
Simple Kids is part of Simple Living Media, founded by Tsh Oxenreider of Simple Mom. In addition to Simple Mom and Simple Kids, there are three other sister sites: Simple Bites, Simple Homeschool, and Simple Organic.
In all of our endeavors at Simple Living Media, our mission is the same: to help people live simply.
Get In Touch
So, now that you know a little more about me and the Simple Kids contributors, I’d love to hear about you: tell me about yourselves! What brings you to Simple Kids? What would you like to see here?