What’s In The Planning With Kids Book and Book Launch Details

Thanks so much for the wonderful support of the Planning With Kids book. I have been thrilled at the response. If you have pre-ordered a copy, your book will be making its way to you this week!

I have had a number of requests for more info on the content of the book. The book has the same philosophy as the blog – streamline the known repetitive tasks of family life (eating, cleaning, getting ready for school etc), so you can then better manage the unpredictable but the inevitable (sick kids, fighting, tantrums etc). The book includes some content from the blog, reworked to fit the style of the book and lots of new stuff that I have published on the blog.

Some other stuff you might like to know about the book:

The Back Cover Blurb

Family life can be chaotic — whether you have one child or five. No-one knows this better than Nicole Avery, mum of five, blogger extraordinaire and lover of spreadsheets. Nicole has discovered the secret to taking the stress out of parenting and running a household: a little bit of planning can leave you more time to have fun!

Planning with Kids will show you how to:

  • plan a month’s worth of evening meals in less than an hour
  • use routines to make mornings manageable, evenings easier and ‘me time’ a reality
  • organise your kids and partner to share in the housework without you nagging

Learn how to organise your family chaos and have time left over to actually enjoy being a parent.

Contents Page


Part I: Organising your family
Chapter 1: Routines
Chapter 2: Meals
Chapter 3: Family finances

Part II: Ages and stages
Chapter 4: Navigating with a new baby
Chapter 5: Tactics for toddlers
Chapter 6: Preparation for preschoolers
Chapter 7: Strategies for school children

Part III: Enjoying parenthood
Chapter 8: You
Chapter 9: Your partner
Chapter 10: The joys of parenting

Part IV: Family fun times
Chapter 11: Making time for play
Chapter 12: Preparing for holidays
Chapter 13: Stress-free birthday parties
Chapter 14: Avoiding Christmas chaos

Final thoughts

And you can see an extract from the book which was published in The Sunday Herald Sun (Apr 17) here – No more tears at the dinner table.

Send Book To:

Prices include postage and I will personally sign each copy bought on the blog. If you are reading this in an email or a reader and having trouble adding the book to the cart, click through here.

The Planning With Kids Book Launch

To celebrate the launch of the book and to thank all those who helped and supported me throughout the book writing process, I would like to invite you to the Planning With Kids tiffin:

  • Date: Friday 29th April 2011
  • Time: 11am – 1pm
  • Where: Surrey Hills Neighbourhood House – The Cottage
  • Address: 157 Union Rd, Surrey Hills Mel Ref 46 H11 (enter from Zeplins Lane)

There will be pretty party food, tea, coffee and also some bubbly drinks later on for those who may like to partake! Kids are most welcome and I will have toys and activities to keep them entertained.

You will be able to purchase the book on the day for $25 and as a special gift for buying at the launch you will receive a download pack of the key plans and templates referred to in the book.

This is a free event but for catering and room capacity purposes, could you please RSVP through Eventbrite by Tuesday 26th April. There is limited parking in the area, but The Cottage is directly across the road from Surrey Hills train station.

Dymocks In Store Apperances

If you can’t make the launch, perhaps you might like to join me at a Dymocks store event near you? I will be at

  • Sydney – Rouse Hill Fri 3rd June
  • Brisbane – Chermside Fri 10th June
  • Melbourne – Southland Sat June 25th

I will provide more info on these events as they get nearer. Hope to see you at the launch!