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