March Preview: Rhythm and Routines, Creating Kid-Friendly Spaces


The following is by editor Kara Fleck.

As February draws to a close, we’re looking forward to next month here at Simple Kids.  In March we’ll be discussing rhythms and routines and creating kid-friendly spaces within the home.

These are two topics I get quite a few questions about in our comments and via email.  With Spring cleaning on everyone’s minds this time of year, it seems like a good idea to set aside a few weeks and explore these specific topics.

As my own family prepares to welcome a new baby at the end of this Summer,  I’m personally looking forward to revisiting these topics and exploring them further.  This new season of our lives is going to bring changes to both our living space and our current family rhythms (and we can’t wait!).

Rhythm and Routines

We’ve touched on rhythm and routines before:

Kid Friendly Spaces

There are some great posts in our archives on kid-friendly spaces, as well:

You can read more on these subjects in the Nesting section of our archives.

What Do You Think?

The contributors and I have been hard at work writing new articles on these topics and I’m eager to share these with you in the coming weeks.  As we prepare to discuss these topics, we’d like to know what you think!

Last week I asked this question on facebook and I’d love to open it up for discussion here: 

Are there any specific areas, concerns, or topics about routines or a kid-friendly home that you’d like to see us address?

I can’t guarantee that we can cover everything, but we’d love to hear from you.

As we head into March, what specific areas or topics relating to rhythm and routines and kid-friendly spaces would you like to see the contributors and I write about? What would you like to see us cover?

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’d love to see how others create a cleaning routine with little ones. Right now my girls both help make the bed and empty the dishwasher first thing in the morning and then fold towels & sheets on Sundays. They both get so much joy out of helping; I’d love more little ways to make them a part of daily caring for their home.

    I’d also be interested in seeing how to create a kid-friendly playroom/guest room. We’re tight on space so ideas would be great.
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  2. I’m not sure exactly how to word my question…my daughter likes to “decorate” her room, which means taking all kinds of toys, pieces of toys, etc. out and setting them all over her room on her bookshelf, desk, etc. It drives me crazy to have all the clutter around, but I also don’t want to limit her creativity and play. Any suggestions?
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  3. Oooh! I am excited to see what you have coming up!

    Personally, I’m kind of struggling with the chores thing here — should chores earn an allowance? Do they need a chart or reminder, or should a hungry, drooling dog watching them eat their toast be a reminder in itself? :o)

    I would love to hear some ideas for working as a family to create a clean, comfortable space!

  4. There is such a great community here! I wouldn’t mind if you presented a topic or question and the other readers were invited to respond. I know I get lots of advice from other moms – some solicited and some unsolicited – but it would be nice if there was a forum where the advice was appreciated and invited! Topics could be – rainy day activities, family traditions, transitioning from the family bed, etc.
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  5. I’m trying to figure out routine with a spouse whose nature is to not have a routine (he leaves for work sometime between 7-9am), never at the same time. Also we live in a tiny home (600 sq ft) with 3 kids, so making our entire home kid friendly but not completely kid centered is tricky. I know a lot of your readers have enough space to designate a “kid area”, but we don’t, so I’d love any ideas/suggestions on this.
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