Monday mission: slow down {vlog}

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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, or so I found out after I shared those missions here on the blog.

After giving it some thought and prayer, in 2014 I really wanted to continue those conversations with all of you every week, but face to face. So, I dusted off my YouTube channel and have begun to record some simple vlogs for you.  They aren’t fancy but if I wait for perfection this will never happen and it is really important to me that it does.

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

Parenting mission:  slow down.

This week I’m working on slowing things down and creating a calmer environment at home.

I’m striving each day to:

The book I mentioned in the video is Kim John Payne’s Simplicity Parenting and it is one of my favorite parenting books.

I’d love to hear how you are slowing things down and creating calm at your house.  Have a great week, friends!

(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 week and it is full of ideas for play and learning from infancy through the toddler years.  Find out how to pick up your copy at the special introductory price 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! The fact that you connected a messy play room and your kids taking toys to play elsewhere really spoke to me. This past weekend I went through our play/craft room, got rid of a lot of broken things, made a giveaway bag for toys no longer needed/wanted and packed up some other stuff, and the kids have been playing happily most of today in that room! I try to keep things relatively clean, but it gets away from me sometimes :-) Thanks for making that connection!
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  2. Great job Kara! Thank you for these great reminders on slowing down. Visual clutter is always my nemesis & it’s gotten really out of control. It is paralyzing to me & I’m sure it is to my kids too. Time to clear it out!!

  3. I really enjoyed your message and have to say that it’s my first vlog! I usually skip over the vlogs but something caught my eye and I decided to watch. Oh, the visual clutter. That’s a big one for me. I’m always working on decluttering but have a hard time with the kid toys (you should see our play room right now!). For some reason, we have a very busy February. Yet, we’ve still been able to maintain a quiet evening schedule for the most part. My son thrives when able to come home from school and just be. It’s time for snack, play, catching up with his sister, etc. I really try to guard our free evenings and not commit to anything after school unless it’s truly necessary or the kids really benefit from it.

  4. I find that visual clutter has a lot to do with whats going on inside of me. If I am calm and centered thats what my desk and kitchen look like and vice versa.

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