Parenting Resources: My Favorite Websites

The following was written by editor Kara Fleck.

On Mondays in September I’ve been sharing with you some of my favorite parenting resources.  I’ve shared with you the podcasts I listen to, the books on my bookshelf, and this week, to wind down the series, I’d like to share a few of my favorite websites for parents.

As I’m sure you can guess, blogging is a form of media near and dear to my heart.  Before I was the editor of Simple Kids, I was a huge fan of this blog as well as Simple Mom. I love editing and writing for this space, and I hope that shows.

As a blog reader, as well as a parent, I know that your time is precious. You’ve got important things to do.   It is an honor to me that you make Simple Kids a small part of your day.  Thank you!

I feel really blessed that I write with a group of people throughout Simple Living Media who I know are the real deal when it comes to their niche and content.  If I wasn’t a part of SLM, I would still be a reader.

In addition to the SLM blogs, I read quite a few other parenting blogs, though like you, I have to be selective about my time spent on the computer.  This is just a sample from the sites I read and enjoy; those that I feel are worth carving out some time for during my day.

The Parenting Passageway

The tag-line for The Parenting Passageway is “peaceful parenting in a hectic world.”  Carrie is a licensed physical therapist specializing in Neonatal Development and Feeding and Pediatric Physical Therapy. She writes about breastfeeding, gentle discipline, homeschooling, homemaking, and Waldorf education – and just about everything in between!

Carrie’s writing is thoughtful, warm and encouraging.   It is obvious that a great deal of care, attention to detail, careful research, and thought go into her work.  The posts here tend to run a little deeper than the average blog, so I have found that it is nice for me to read it when I have some time quiet time and can really think about what I’m reading.  It is a  nice companion to my coffee on a weekend morning when I have the time to linger.

Frugal Family Fun

Whenever I start to hear “Mom, we’re bored” I head over to Frugal Family Fun Blog.  Crafts, activities, and tutorials fill this blog, many of them quick and easy and fairly low-mess.

A very creative mom and blogger, Valerie takes clear photographs and write detailed directions. She keeps the blog well organized and easy to navigate to help you find what you’re looking for.

A recent project from Frugal Family Fun that is a must-do for my family is the beautiful  Autumn Window Display and I know budget-minded parents will appreciate the entire Pretend Play on a Dime category.

Mila’s Daydreams

Have you guys discovered Mila’s Daydreams yet?  Oh, what a gem!  Created by Adele Enersen, this blog is so whimsical and sweet, it never fails to make me smile.

With a simple, beautiful picture every day, Adele imagines her baby Mila’s dreams.  Gorgeous and fun, this is one of the neatest records of a baby’s first year I’ve ever seen.  Just lovely!

What are your favorite parenting related “must read” sites?

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. Thanks for the great links… I just love Mila’s daydream … I have spent hours gasping from cute pic to cute pic!!!
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  2. Oh my goodness! One of my favorite things to chat about!

    Some of my go-to sites include Gentle Christian Mothers (great source for articles as well as interactive forum discussions), Kids Craft Weekly, No Time for Flash Cards, Playful Learning, and OF COURSE Simple Kids. 😉 I also get the daily emailed tip from the Scream Free Parenting website which is always encouraging.

    Really, there are so many incredible resources available these days, aren’t there? We are so blessed.

    Thanks for The Parenting Passageway link! I hadn’t seen that and it looks incredible.


    I volunteered at the place she works at (The Children’s Center) which is for kids who are behaviorally disturbed from 18 mos – 7 years. They also have a kids’ home. I also had many clients when representing abused and neglected kids who benefitted greatly from attending. I like the philosophy of the caregivers there and know that it helped me as a nanny and now as a parent. I appreciate that its real, proven (for me) behaviors to help you be a better parent and help your child in expressing themselves and dealing with emotions in a healthy way.
    Nina´s latest post: gonna be a hectic week

    • Yes, Amanda’s website is a superb site, too. We’ve been honored to have her guest post on Simple Kids before and her Not Just Cute blog is consistently full of good information for parents. Another favorite, for sure!

  4. oh I also get the emails from – love those too.
    Nina´s latest post: gonna be a hectic week

  5. Just visited Mila’s Daydreams and it was such a treat! Just beautiful. Thanks!
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  6. I read all three of the sites you mentioned, and enjoy them all! Simple Kids is another favorite! I also like No Time for Flashcards, Teach Preschool, and Preschool Daze.
    Cara´s latest post: Life With a Spirited Child-The Characteristics

  7. These are new websites to me, so thanks!
    Aimee @ Simple Bites´s latest post: Preserving Autumn- A Continuation of Our Canning 101 Series

  8. And my oh my, it is looking good over here! Love the fall makeover. :)
    Aimee @ Simple Bites´s latest post: Preserving Autumn- A Continuation of Our Canning 101 Series

  9. Great links. I really like the craft ideas at frugal family fun. Thanks for sharing them.
    Trevor´s latest post: A 4th Grader Makes a Long-Time Dream Come True

  10. Thanks for the suggestions (in the comments too!). The daydream one is very artistic but it kind of weirds me out! :) I don’t really regularly follow many blogs these days, but I love some Facebook pages. Peaceful Parenting, Dollar Store Crafts and Teach Preschool are my favorites there for the wonderful links and projects they post.

    One child-related blog that I do make time for is “Teacher Tom” — Tom runs a cooperative preschool and has the most wonderful projects and philosophies about young children.
    A Magical Childhood´s latest post: 10 Ways to Make Today Magical

  11. Mila’s Daydreams is a really lovely site and I really appreciate people discovering new sites
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