Monday mission: connect with your kids on their level.


At the end of 2013 I started giving myself Monday Missions – easy tasks to do and gentle reminders for the week ahead to help make things simpler for me and the kids. It turns out that what helps me also helps some of you, so I dusted off my YouTube channel and have begun to record some simple vlogs for you.

So, here we are, grab your morning cup of coffee and join me for five minutes of parenting inspiration as we begin our week:

This week, every day, get down on their level and really connect one on one with your kids. Play, hang out, talk, and let them share with you what they are interested in.

I’d love to hear how you and your kids are connecting this week.  Legos?  Books?  A few minutes over milk and cookies after school?  How have you been spending one on one time with them?

It doesn’t take long to make a lasting bond.  Just a commitment to a few minutes a day will go far.

Lucy playing

Have a great week, friends and have fun with your kids!

(Can’t watch the video?  Head here to YouTube to check it out and I’d love to see some of your familiar faces subscribed to my channel there, too.)


Have you heard the news?  The new baby play ebook Zero to Two was released this month and it is full of ideas for play and learning from infancy through the toddler years.  Find out how to pick up your copy  here.

About Kara

Kara Fleck is the editor of Simple Kids. She is a small town mama, writer, knitter, bookworm, and hooligan. Kara lives in Indiana with her husband Christopher and their four children Jillian, Max, Lucy, and Amelia. You can find more of her writing at

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  1. I love this, Kara! I’ve actually been thinking about this concept a lot lately after the birth of my fourth child. So important to see each child as an individual person and connect with them. I will definitely do the challenge with you. Today, it will look like a tea party with my four-year-old, making a sensory bin and playing for a few minutes to get him started with my two-year-old, reading a read aloud alone with my 6 year old, and nursing :) my infant!

    I liked and subscribed to your youtube channel. 😉
    Johanna´s latest post: On making daily intentional choices

    • Johanna, yes infants have a way of making sure we give them their one on one time first and foremost (rightfully so) don’t they? 😉
      Thanks so much for the subscribe! I know it sounds silly for a 40 year old woman to say this, but it really does make my knees shake a bit to hear my own voice/see my own recorded self over there, so I really appreciate all of the friendly faces!

  2. Thanks Kara! I am loving these Monday missions and am writing them in my planner. “To Do: Connect with my kids on their level.” Which actually I do a lot. A. LOT. As in, I’m feeling I do it too much and that little resentment fairy starts creeping in, so hearing you say little bits at a time is ok is helpful for me. I somehow misread all the attachment parenting stuff and was worried that not being engaged 24/7 would turn them into something terrible. I’m working at “detaching” a bit now with my boys (7/5/1…still pretty attached to the 1 year old). Wow, this is bring a lot of stuff out. Anyway, thanks…from one Hoosier (living in WV) to another!

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