I still believe schedules are important, but sometimes too much is too much. Get tips on what to do if your family is overscheduled.
How to Create a Schedule That Works
Now, you may think that cutting back isn’t the answer and you may be correct. I definitely believe in the importance of extra-curricular activities. Sports and academic activities alike will help your children to learn, grow, and become socially adept. So, have a main calendar that you update weekly for at least a month ahead. You may be surprised to find that the person who needs to cut back on their appointments is actually Mom or Dad. Do you really need to volunteer for the bake sale, the decorating committee, and the car wash? Knowing what you are doing from day to day will help you fit everyone in and get them where they need to be.
Where Should You Put the Schedule?
Once you have a good set schedule, you need to get everyone on board with sticking to it. That means Mom, Dad, carpool friends, fellow parents, grandparents… basically anyone who is going to be involved in the scheduling, and especially in the transporting, feeding, and watching of the children. If you are like me, you’ll want to use an online calendar that you can share such as Google Calendar or 30 Boxes. Both of these services allow you send invitations to other users with email or mobile phone text reminders. For those people who don’t use the services or who aren’t online savvy, you can easily print out the calendar on a weekly or monthly basis and give them a hard copy. Just be sure to have them jot down any upcoming changes as soon as you are aware of them.
Finally, keep in mind that having a schedule and sticking to it will not only save your sanity, but it will also help you budget your time, your money, and your rest. Use it wisely and you’ll soon see where your priorities really are and where they need to be. For now, I recommend scheduling a time to start updating your schedule!
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