Eat Nap Play by Robyn Spizman and Evelyn Sacks – Book Review

Eat Nap Play by Robyn Spizman and Evelyn Sacks

Since this isn’t exactly a narrative, I feel like it would be sort of silly to describe it for you myself. After all, people are paid to do this, right?

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 comesEat, 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

So I don’t think I actually read that description very closely (or I did, and then forgot about it) before I read this book, because it is more or less accurate to what this book is about, and the book wasn’t quite what I expected. I think it was the title and the subtitle, “Eat Nap Play: How to Get Even More Out of Your Child’s Day for Less.” I guess I thought it would be more of a focus on integrating fun things into your every day routine, with perhaps a focus on doing things efficiently (I think it was the subtitle that gave me that part of it).

Okay, so that’s not what it was about.

Basically, it was how to keep kids entertained and have family fun without spending more money, which is a great topic, even if it doesn’t help me get more things done in a day.

I definitely did a lot of skimming in certain chapters, because they are all written for older kids than 10 months, but there are a lot of really good ideas in here. Some of my favorite were found in the food chapter, from the quick ideas for family meal-planning to fun ways to help kids learn about eating balanced meals. Beware the section on cheap or free gifts, though. A lot of them would be good gifts for kids to make for parents/grandparents/teacher/other adults, but I have to say, I think any kid who brings home made luggage tags to a classmate’s birthday party is sort of lame.

If you need some new ideas for what to do with your kids, this could definitely be a book to look into.

Buy this book from:
A local independent bookstore via Indiebound

I read this book as part of a TLC Book Tour.  Check out some of the other tour hosts for more reviews.  Links go to the host’s site, not to their specific review.

Monday, April 5th:  Simply Stacie

Monday, April 12th:  lit*chick

Tuesday, April 13th:  Red Headed Book Child

Thursday, April 15th:  Turning the Clock Back

Monday, April 19th:  Devourer of Books

Tuesday, April 20th:  The Activity Mom

Wednesday, April 21st:  There’s a Book

Thursday, April 22nd:  Heir to Blair

Monday, April 26th:  Southern Institute of Domestic Arts & Crafts

Tuesday, April 27th:  JDaniel4’s Mom

Wednesday, April 28th:  It’s a Crazy, Beautiful Life

This review was done with a book received from the publisher for this TLC tour.
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4 comments to Eat Nap Play by Robyn Spizman and Evelyn Sacks – Book Review

  • It is so easy to get wrapped up in entertaining your kids with expensive activities. It sounds like there are some great ideas (no luggage tags though!!!).

  • Evelyn Sacks

    Hi, I’m Evelyn Sacks, one of the book’s co-authors; thanks for your thoughtful review. I laughed out loud about the “lame” luggage tags. There are definitely some “not-for-everyone” ideas here.

    Enjoy the moments with your kids, everybody. They are precious indeed. And, oh yah, enjoy our book!

  • Yeah, I don’t think the luggage tags would go over well. LOL!

  • That luggage tag idea sounds so awful! The food chapter, on the other hand, sounds like it might have some good ideas in it.