Eat, Nap, Play: How to Get Even More Out of Your Child's Day for Less [NOOK Book]

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Rock Your Routine and Be the Happiest Mommy on the Block

Moms will concur—routines and creative ideas help your day and save your sanity. And once you've established a routine that works, the inclination is to stick with it until the kids are off to college. But sometimes the rigidity of a 'tight ship' doesn't allow much time for good-old fashioned, spur-of-the-moment fun. Well, hang on to your itinerary because here comes Eat, Nap, Play!

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Eat, Nap, Play: How to Get Even More Out of Your Child's Day for Less

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Overview

Rock Your Routine and Be the Happiest Mommy on the Block

Moms will concur—routines and creative ideas help your day and save your sanity. And once you've established a routine that works, the inclination is to stick with it until the kids are off to college. But sometimes the rigidity of a 'tight ship' doesn't allow much time for good-old fashioned, spur-of-the-moment fun. Well, hang on to your itinerary because here comes Eat, Nap, Play!

Written by moms for moms, this timely guide centers on back-to-basics philosophies: spend quality time with your kids and spend less money. But this is not a guilt trip—it's a fun-filled adventure. Jam-packed with clever, cost-effective, low-maintenance, often nostalgic ideas you can easily slip into your existing routine, Eat, Nap, Play shows you how to turn everyday mayhem into precious moments to build memories, foster growth, strengthen bonds, and just have fun.

  • Simple trips to the mall or grocery store transform into treasure troves of adventure
  • Beat boredom in unique and unexpected ways while in the car or on the go
  • Find out how to plan the perfect, age-appropriate parties for less
  • Get the most out of the latest technology and discover a ton of useful websites along the way
  • Plus, unearth cash-free ways for kids to learn, socialize, and grow into independent and resilient people
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780757395154
  • Publisher: Health Communications, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/9/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • File size: 483 KB

Meet the Author

Evelyn Sacks is a born communicator who parlayed an early ability to write and speak clearly into a successful 35-year career. The ghost writer of four works of nonfiction, she is an accomplished lifestyle and business writer who has worked for leading companies including Kimberly-Clark, Coca-Cola and Pfizer. Whether she is writing on wellness, assisting a celebrity with an autobiographical memoir or crafting a speech for a Fortune 500 CEO, the goal is clean, convincing communication. She and Robyn Spizman have collaborated on a number of projects and enjoy sharing one another's gifts and talents.

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Spend More Time and Less Money

Congratulations on jumping on board as we help you create a happier, less harried life with your family. Our goal is for you to discover more joy and meaning in each day, spending time with your kids in ways that really matter.

As moms, we know that when the focus is on spending time together, rather than money, the creative juices really start to flow. It's easy to spend money on our kids by stockpiling toys, gadgets, and the latest gizmo. But finding ways to enjoy being together without spending increases joy.

Who knew there were so many cash-free ways for kids to learn, grow, socialize, appreciate good food, enjoy technology, and be­come more independent and resilient? This book celebrates our philosophy, one that's been confirmed by happy moms (and kids) who have used our approach. It's rooted in this simple formula: spend twice as much time and half as much money.

The result is certainly money saved, but even more important, we raise children who know the value of a dollar and become more productive members of their families and communities. When special memories are made, not purchased, the entire family wins. There is simply no wiser investment in your children than time, your most precious commodity.

The Big Payoff

What's the return on this investment? Think happy mom, happy child, happy childhood. Smart, self-reliant kids who, before you know it, grow into self-reliant adults. Exposed to this way of thinking, children learn that, regardless of the circumstances they are faced with in life, they can be independent and see themselves as the solution. Recession? Job loss? They'll rise to any challenge without relying on money to experience the good stuff in life.

It's all about a new parenting attitude. Your pocketbook is not your boss. Regardless of income, job status, or the balance in your savings account, you can be the master of your money. This attitude will empower you to adopt and develop your own cost-free routines for your family. By teaching children that the lasting value is in the time we spend, not the money, we are teaching skills for a lifetime.

After all, as parents, we are our children's first and most important teachers. And the biggest lesson of all is that it's a better world when we can enjoy it on our own terms, less influenced by what's 'spendy or trendy' and more by what really matters, like family, community, connection, and personal growth. We know you can make this change, and we're confident you're going to enjoy the ride. Welcome to a new and satisfying way of enjoying family time.

Keep It Simple

A more authentic, easygoing approach to life with kids starts with the universal wisdom that it's all about keeping it simple. It's about simple things you can do with your children to lighten the financial load while holding onto your priorities. We complicate things by thinking we need to have the latest and greatest thing. And whether you're a stay-at-home parent or out in the workforce, a life that's crowded with too many things, too many activities, and too much to manage leaves no room for the good stuff. When you simplify your parenting style and make parenting more affordable and less chaotic, family stress diminishes, and everybody benefits.

We know you are in the trenches, and we're here to offer support and insights. You'll build miles of smiles and happy memories every day as you become the mom you want to be.

Everybody hops on board at a different place in their lives. We've been doing this kind of parenting for years. You may be pretty practiced at it yourself, or possibly new to the mommy thing altogether. We welcome you all! As parents who have raised capable, engaged, community-minded kids who are making a difference in their careers and in life, we know it's a huge job to help them reach their goals. And we also learned, sometimes the hard way, that keeping things simple and focused never failed us.

Plain Smart Parenting

This approach to parenting is not only possible, it's just plain smart. And it doesn't mean living on barter, IOUs, or credit. We show you how to do more with less, but we're also realists. Our vision of a less money-dependent lifestyle does not mean a ban on spending for entertainment or satisfaction. It means just saying no to 'everybody's doing it' or 'everybody's buying it,' and relying on your own creativity and innate parenting skills instead.

There are many things we want in life, but they shouldn't all have dollar signs in front of them. Like you, we value life's niceties. And when parents work hard, they reap great satisfaction from providing lovely clothing, meals, and educational opportunities for their families. But at the end of the day, living more money-free means embracing a lifestyle that is tasteful, not wasteful. It means enjoying the beauty of nature, counting our blessings, and focusing on what we have, more than on what we want.

Give a Skill, Change a Life

One of the most productive ways to spend time with your children is to share the best of yourself with them. Your kids know you as their parent, teacher, nurse, psychologist, playmate, provider, and arbiter of disputes. You also happen to be a person who's lived several decades and gotten good at quite a few things, thank you very much! Sharing these unique abilities with your children is a gift and a joy.

Begin by asking yourself what skills and talents you can share. We often underestimate the power of our talents because they come so easily to us. But to a child, a new, hard-earned skill is an exciting opportunity to gain and grow. Take bike riding, gardening, or just producing a long, lazy tone by pressing a fat piece of grass between your thumbs. Remember the pride you felt when you first wobbled down the street without training wheels or managed to shuffle a deck of cards? Skill-building is one of the most productive ways children grow. Become more conscious of what your children can learn through you. The following story is about a dad who did just that.

Eat, Nap, Play. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the written permission of the publisher. Publisher: Health Communications, Inc., 3201 SW 15th Street, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction xiii

1 Spend More Time and Less Money 1

2 Mommy, Daddy, and Me-Family Activities 23

3 Mommy, I'm (Still!) Bored! 45

4 Fabulous Food and Kitchen Fun! 65

5 Swap, Shop, Barter, Share 89

6 The Party Circuit-Simpler, Sweeter, Cheaper 111

7 Low-Cost to No-Cost Gifts 133

8 Super School Savings 155

9 From Wii to We-Techno Kids, 'Tweens, and Teens 177

10 Resources and Freesources 195

Index 213

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