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Hosted by Nicole Avery of PlanningWithKids.com, this family life gives everyday parents a chance to share their hard-fought wisdom. These aren’t bloggers or authors or even people with a big Instagram following. Instead, they’re everyday parents with practical, insightful, honest advice to share. Nic interviews parents who work full-time, mums on maternity leave, those whose children have special needs and parents with kids of all ages, and uncovers how they organise the chaos of their daily family life.

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Hosted by Nicole Avery of PlanningWithKids.com, this family life gives everyday parents a chance to share their hard-fought wisdom. These aren’t bloggers or authors or even people with a big Instagram following. Instead, they’re everyday parents with practical, insightful, honest advice to share. Nic interviews parents who work full-time, mums on maternity leave, those whose children have special needs and parents with kids of all ages, and uncovers how they organise the chaos of their daily family life.

    this family life the power of small things, role modelling, and accountability

    this family life the power of small things, role modelling, and accountability

    Welcome to the tenth and final week of season five of the this family life podcast! This season is focusing on how our family is organising, surviving and at times thriving under the stay at home restrictions in place in the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Each week I am recording a short, in time podcast episode sharing:
    What is working
    What isn’t working
    Resources that have helped make our time at home more enjoyable, more productive or healthier

    Working

    I take a broader look at what worked really well for us as a family overall during the period of stay at home restrictions for COVID-19 and there were three key things that stood out:
    The power of small things – so often in life we think to make things better, more fun, more kind, etc we need to have lots of time, resources, ideas, money, etc. What I have always known but was constantly reminded of during this time was how small changes, short conversations, small acts of kindness, short snatches of one on one time together can have a huge impact. I really want to keep this lesson with me post stay at home restrictions easing.
    The power of role modelling – it was wonderful to see the strategies the older kids used to keep themselves happy and active during this time. All kids but particularly older kids take on so much more from what we parents do and how we behave, than what we say. So many of the strategies they used were based on what my husband and I role model on a daily basis.
    The power of accountability – some times to kick start a habit you need some form of accountability to get you going. I am a firm believer in acting your way into motivation. Motivation isn’t always on tap, but by showing up and doing the work, motivation can be found. Having accountability for me and the kids throughout this time definitely helped us achieve things.

    Not working

    When I look back over this time and when things weren’t going well, I feel it many cases it had a lot to do with me not being fully tuned into the vibe of the family as a whole and the emotions of each child individually. A great reminder to me about being fully present in the activities that I do.

    Resource

    My resource this week is a resource from me, it is my Power Up Performance Group! It is small group coaching designed to help women achieve their goals over a five-month period. Through this time I guide and support you to plan out how you will achieve your goal, the steps you need to take to make it and how to take action and keep on task when it gets tough – because there will always be moments when we find the work hard and feel like giving up – Power Up won’t let you give up! 

    Click here to find out more.

    Want to share something about your stay at home experience? I would love to hear from you! Email nicole@planningwithkids.com at let me know.

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    • 15 min
    ep 66 this family life forward planning for harmony and happiness

    ep 66 this family life forward planning for harmony and happiness

    Welcome to the ninth week of season five of the this family life podcast! This season is focusing on how our family is organising, surviving and at times thriving under the stay at home restrictions in place in the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Each week I am recording a short, in time podcast episode sharing:
    What is working
    What isn’t working
    Resources that have helped make our time at home more enjoyable, more productive or healthier

    In this week’s episode it looked like:

    Working

    Finding pockets of one on one time with the kids has worked really well. As we get near the end of our stay at home experience, the difference of spending one on one time with the younger three was noticeable. Even though I know how well this works, I always seem to be surprised by this. If you are after some more info on this topic this post is worth reading –Spending Individual Time With The Kids.

    Being able to go places definitely worked this week too! And being able to commit to the kids that we can go away for the school holidays to visit family gave everyone a boost. And there is actually science behind this to prove that looking forward to a holiday makes you happier.

    It takes more than a vacation to make people happy. Indeed, vacationers tend to be happier than non-vacationers in the lead up to their break, but once they are back, there is very little difference between the two groups’ levels of happiness.Happiness is … looking forward to your vacation

    Not working

    For me at least seeing everyone doing more outside of the home has meant that card games at night with all the family is no longer workable every evening  .

    Resource

    Joyce from TOT: HOT OR NOT has amazing location guides if you are after some inspiration of where you can go for this upcoming school holidays, amongst the Victorian regional guides here are just a few that are worth checking out:
    Top 10 Things to Do in Beechworth with Kids
    Top 8 Things to Do in Castlemaine and Maldon with Kids
    17 Best Things to Do in Ballarat with Kids

    Want to share something about your stay at home experience? I would love to hear from you! Email nicole@planningwithkids.com at let me know.

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    • 9 min
    ep 65 this family life coaching and rule changes

    ep 65 this family life coaching and rule changes

    Welcome to the eighth week of season five of the this family life podcast! This season is focusing on how our family is organising, surviving and at times thriving under the stay at home restrictions in place in the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Each week I am recording a short, in time podcast episode sharing:
    What is working
    What isn’t working
    Resources that have helped make our time at home more enjoyable, more productive or healthier

    In this week’s episode it looked like:

    Working

    Getting the right balance between routine and variety over the last week has definitely kept family harmony. Routine is more for the younger kids as the adult kids do their own thing! But having some key activities they need to do during the day really has helped to keep them active and have some variety. In the podcast, I share how I have been coaching the kids to organise their days so they fit in everything they need to do.

    In terms of variety, creating variety in the smallest of things like the types of crackers at the weekly shop has been a winner! I share a couple of other variations that have worked well.

    Not working

    Not sure if it is the change in weather or what it is, but over the last 1 – 2 weeks I have found it so hard to keep food in the house! Hangry teenagers is not something I want to deal with, so I have been at the shops more than what I like.

    Resource

    Paper to do lists are a wonderful thing! I have tried many apps, spreadsheets etc but still find I work best with a proper process for managing my work load for home and business. You can see a detailed outline of the process I use with photos here – Why paper to do lists work for me.

    Each night after dinner during COVID-19 restrictions we have played card games. Uno is a perennial favourite but thanks to a tip-off from my sister about the Uno Facebook page we have still been playing Uno but mixing up the rules to give us some variety. Some of the popular changes have been:
    Face up Uno – you have your cards in front of you so everyone sees each other’s cards. This way of Uno requires more strategy and inevitably having the family to work together to stop someone from winning!
    Reverse bounce back
    Skip bounce

    You can find the offical rules for Uno online here.

    Want to share something about your stay at home experience? I would love to hear from you! Email nicole@planningwithkids.com at let me know.

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    • 10 min
    Ep 64 this family life flexibility, friends and foes

    Ep 64 this family life flexibility, friends and foes

    Welcome to the seventh week of season five of the this family life podcast! This season is focusing on how our family is organising, surviving and at times thriving under the stay at home restrictions in place in the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Each week I am recording a short, in time podcast episode sharing:
    What is working
    What isn’t working
    Resources that have helped make our time at home more enjoyable, more productive or healthier

    In this week’s episode it looked like:

    Working

    I have big project deadlines looming over the next month and much of the work requires significant concentration from me. It is hard to keep your train of thought and articulate your ideas when you are being interrupted every 5 minutes. After feeling pretty frustrated with this on Thursday I decided to be more flexible about when and how I worked which involved:
    different days and hours
    being laser-focused in what I work on when and I share the simple paper-based tool I help me to do this – my to do list process! You can read about it here.

    Also on the working front this week was:
    Seeing family! We had the in-laws over for dinner and our traditional after-dinner COVID-19 card games session.
    The kids getting to see some friends in real life.
    Running with my pack! I love my running group and in particular the amazing crew of people who I run with regularly in the workouts. It has been great to be running together again.

    Not working

    We have two kids that are really not enjoying each other’s company at the moment. There is a lack of patience on the part of one and an unstoppable desire to wind the other up from the second party. I know this will pass, but I have to remember to not be too quick to jump in and be a referee – I can never win in that roll.

    Resource

    The amazing meditation app Insight timer. I have used this app for many years now and I love it. Here are some guided meditations I have found useful at this time:
    Annoying person meditation – I love my family dearly, but this does not mean they do not annoy me at times and I know I annoy them too. This meditation reminds me that we are all on different paths with different struggles and it has a super calming affect on me.
    Sleep meditation: Awaken to a clean slate – this is by Bethany Auriel-Hagan and she is one of my favourite teachers on the app. I love all her meditations but find this is a perfect one to do at the end of a day that hasn’t gone the way you planned.
    Heart Opening Frequency – this is actually just music and I do my own meditation to it. It is soothing and allows me to keep my thoughts away!

    Want to share something about your stay at home experience? I would love to hear from you! Email nicole@planningwithkids.com at let me know.

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    • 14 min
    Ep 63 sunshine, deadlines and sadness

    Ep 63 sunshine, deadlines and sadness

    Welcome to the sixth week of season five of the this family life podcast! This season is focusing on how our family is organising, surviving and at times thriving under the stay at home restrictions in place in the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Each week I am recording a short, in time podcast episode sharing:
    What is working
    What isn’t working
    Resources that have helped make our time at home more enjoyable, more productive or healthier

    In this week’s episode it looked like:

    Working

    Melbourne had a pretty glorious autumn week last week and the sun shone beautifully and brightly. A couple of the kids and I undertook an activity which I refer to as chasing the sun. We moved our work stations around the house so we could work in the sunshine. It made such a difference to our moods and energy levels. We also spent more time outside when the sun was shining and this made us all feel better.

    Setting deadlines was also a winner. In the podcast, I share an approach the youngest child took to a project he is working and what I did to keep me moving forward and accountable for a project I am working on.

    Not working

    The not working issue this week was a little different. It was more about how I was feeling with the kids starting to leave the house more and the reality that the school kids are going back to school soon and how this brings some sadness with it for me. I reflect on how I would feel differently if COVID-19 struck 10 years ago when we had 5 kids under 10!

    Resource

    Music was a wonderful resource for us this week. Music has the power to change the mood in the house and to be supportive and stimulating for the activities we do. Here are some of my favourites you can find on Spotify:
    Music for concentration – with my workdays being more broken up and having shorter times when I can create content, I find having some cues to get me in the writing frame of mind really help. This playlist works so well. I put my headphones on and start this playlist and it’s like my brain knows it is time to start working!
    Ludovico Einaudi – In a Time Lapse – I found this beautiful classical album via a teacher of our youngest child. She is an amazing teacher and would have this music playing in the morning as the children arrived and settled in for the day. I use this music to help me to think. I will put it on while I am cooking and in the shower etc, and it really helps my mind ponder on problems I am looking to solve whether they are for work or home.

    Want to share something about your stay at home experience with COVID-19? I would love to hear from you! Email nicole@planningwithkids.com at let me know.

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    • 19 min
    Ep 62 little changes and leading

    Ep 62 little changes and leading

    Welcome to the fifth week of season five of the this family life podcast! This season is focusing on how our family is organising, surviving and at times thriving under the stay at home restrictions in place in the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Each week I am recording a short, in time podcast episode sharing:
    What is working
    What isn’t working
    Resources that have helped make our time at home more enjoyable, more productive or healthier

    In this week’s episode it looked like:

    Working

    In last week’s episode, I shared that the bickering was the big not working thing in our house for that week. With that in mind, I was intent on making some small changes throughout our week in an attempt to break the monotony of being at home all the time. And it was a success. I share the very little things I did to make life a little more enjoyable and keep family harmony on track.

    I also decided to get up earlier in the morning so I could get in 30 – 60 minutes of work before the rest of the house starts to wake and get on with their day. I discuss the positive flow on effects this has had. The COVID-19 WFM parenting plan is still an absolute winner too!

    Not working

    The correlation between me being more intentional about how I lead the family over the last week and there not being any major issues in the house is VERY STRONG! I reflect on how I am being the primary carer and how this has a role in leading the family in a positive direction at this time. This is a challenging and tiring role and I note ways on how I can keep this up for at least the next 5 weeks.

    Resource

    My resource for the week is getting some more indoor plants! This has been on my wishlist for a very long time and spending so much time at home made me want this even more. I used this book Yates Top 50 Indoor Plants And How Not To Kill Them! to help me choose which plants to get. I am not a green thumb at all so I decided to choose plants that were super easy to care for.

    A massive shout out to my awesome family for buying the plants for my birthday present and to my wonderful in-laws for buying the pots for me – truly appreciated. The plants bring a smile to my face every time I look at them. I received the following plants:
    Imperial Green – Philodendron erubescens
    Zanzibar Gem – Zamioculcas zamiifolia
    Devil’s Ivy – Epipremnum aureum
    Monstera deliciosa

    Want to share something about your stay at home experience? I would love to hear from you! Email nicole@planningwithkids.com at let me know.

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    • 14 min

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Great for moms on the go!!

I have no time to sit down and read blogs about organizing so I love this podcast!! Nicoles recommendations are doable and she outlines it in a way that I can take baby steps. One doesn’t become ultra organized overnight. I have been looking for an approachable method to organizing my home and family and so happy that I’ve finally found it!!

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