Planning With Kids is a parenting book with a difference. Its emphasis is not on telling you how to parent, but to show ways you can become organised to leave more time for parenting. The book is published by Wright Books and will be available in book stores from May 1, 2011.
The philosophy is to 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).
In the book I share simple ways that you can plan your family life to take the stress out of parenting and running a household: just a little bit of planning can leave more time to spend having fun with the kids, having timeout for yourself, and having time for things to go wrong.
The book is written so you don’t need to read it in its entirety to derive any benefit, you can read one chapter, then work on the list of actions to take at the end and make a difference to the way your daily family life runs.
Planning With Kids is available from most bookstores and BIG W. If you order via the blog, you will receive a signed copy. International prices are higher than I would like unfortunately, but that is due to the postage costs.
Some info 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.
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
I’m American. I won’t pay $40 for it. I want the ebook. Hope?
Hi Mel, not sure about e-book but will find out and let you know. My publisher has a larger presence in the US, so if it does well here, maybe it will be released locally in the US – got to dream big!
I’m in the US too–no way would I pay $40 US for a book without being able to ‘thumb through’ it, either digitally or hard copy from the library.
Let me know when there are ‘preview pages’ or copies have hit the US libraries…..
Thanks for the feedback. I am working on putting a preview together, to give readers more information before they buy.
I have posted on K-3 Resources my list order of sight words i have used to teach early years reading. you may like to have a look. I have had great success with the lists. Next project is to pop sentences on site you can make immediately with the word lists. Like your site. Kay. South Australia.
Thanks Kay, I will definitely check out your list.
Saw your book in the flesh today, looks awesome! I’ll be buying it in June when you visit Brisbane.
Shared on facebook 🙂
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I’d love to review the book for US buyers who are interested but worried about the cost 🙂 Is your publisher providing copies for reviews?
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Excellent book Nicole, I’ve now finished it and am recommending it to all my friends. I am reaping the benefits of introducing more of a routine to our lives – you are right, routines don’t mean limits, they mean more freedom to do the things we want to do, not just the things we need to do. Just popped in here now to download some of your spreadsheet resources 🙂 Thanks!
Thanks so much for taking the time to let me know Pam and for recommending it to friends 🙂 really appreciate it. Nicole
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Just a quick note to say how much I have enjoyed your book. I am not naturally very good at planning with my family, but over the years have HAD to learn how. Your book has loads and loads of good advice, great ideas, and a really warm, relaxed style of writing that is all about encouragement. Thanks x
Thank you Seana for taking the time to let me know, as an author yourself you would know how much that means. xx
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Wow. And more Wow. I borrowed the book out from my library being a cheapskate who likes to read hundreds of books on marriage, parenting & life (and I’ve only got room in my tiny townhouse for one bookshelf, so I have to be choosey about what I buy!).
15 pages in and I’m already racing to your website to buy. I NEED this book! I’ve already tried out a few tips and my afternoon was a lot smoother.
Thanks for a really fantastic book and a really well done website.
Thank you Amy for your lovely comment. I often test read a book at the library first and then buy if I know I will refer to it more often. The book will be in the post tomorrow :).
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hi how can i purchase this book? im from the Philippines…
I have sent you an email!
How can i get the book, I’m Nigeria
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It’s an amazing article in favor of alll the online users; thwy will get advantage from it I amm sure.
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Hi There, i am a new mum to a 9 month old daughter and have just entered the world of blogging (as an outlet and way to keep connecting with me!)
I was curious to see if you had any posts about transitioning your hobby into an income and becoming an entrepreneur and mum?
I don’t write much about blogging. There is this post from last year
And these are some of the presentation packs from some talks I have done on blogging
Good luck with your blog.
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How can I get these books; I am based in India.
Thanks for your inquiry. If you click on the buy button above and choose the rest of the world option, I can mail a book out to you!
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Hi, how can I purchase this book. I am from Pakistan.
If you use the drop down menu above the buy now button and choose “the rest of the world” then you can purchase that way.
I love it ,your post is great. How can I purchase your book ?
There is a buy now button at the end of the post where you can purchase the book. Let me know if it is not working for you.
Thanks so much for reading.