The ultimate guide for parents who dream of having a little less chaos and a lot more time for the good things in life Written by mother of five, Nicole Avery, this book shows harried parents how, with just a bit of planning, family life can become easier to manage, less stressful, and decidedly more fun. "Dream on," you say? "I might as well try to herd cats as to get my kids to follow a lot of arbitrary rules!" And Nicole would agree, which is why Planning with Kids isn't like any other parenting guide out there. It was inspired by Nicole's blog of the same name, which, over the past three years, has garnered a huge audience of likeminded parents who have achieved nothing short of miraculous results following her advice. While other prescriptive guides offer mums and dads cook-cutter solutions to the challenges of raising kids, this handbook focuses on one simple, straightforward idea: by implementing a few simple strategies for how you do things, you'll make more time for you to be you and your kids to be kids. You'll find strategies for streamlining and enhancing everything from the routines of daily life, to family relationships, to budgeting and finances, playtime and much more!
About the Author
Nicole Avery is the master organiser behind popular blog 'Planning with Kids', where she shares tips and tricks to organising the chaos of family life. This is her first book.
I have spent a bit of time on Avery's website and it is a dream come true if you are frazzled and don't know where to start sorting out your life. In one handy volume, the book promises so much more.
See Avery's answers to our Ten Terrifying Questions here.
Part I: Organising your family
1 Routines 3
2 Meals 29
3 Family fi nances 56
Part II: Ages and stages
4 Navigating with a new baby 79
5 Tactics for toddlers 107
6 Preparation for preschoolers 122
7 Strategies for schoolchildren 137
Part III: Enjoying parenthood
8 You 159
9 Your partner 171
10 The joys of parenting 182
Part IV: Family fun times
11 Making time for play 193
12 Preparing for holidays 206
13 Stress-free birthday parties 230
14 Avoiding Christmas chaos 252
Final thoughts 267
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 12th April 2011
Dimensions (cm): 20.574 x 13.716 x 1.778
Weight (kg): 0.406