What do moms and fortune 500 executives have in common?
If you guessed “power suits” you’d be incorrect. If you guessed “have to coordinate more appointments for more people than should ever be thought of as humanly possible” you’re right on the money.
Being a mom, especially when you have multiple kids, especially when one of them is a preteen with an active social life, is kind of like being an air traffic controller. You have to know what’s going on with every family member, at each moment in time, or things begin to collide and explode in midair.
I have, after an extended trial and error period come up with a solution to this scheduling beastmonster, but first let me walk you through all the different issues with having a family calendar.
This is the magical prize. If you create something that functions well and is always up-to-date, you gain the ability to point to the calendar as if it was handed down on stone tablets from God himself and say no to unscheduled events. You also lose the responsibility over making sure everyone is where they’re supposed to be at every given minute.
If child has forgotten dress-up-like-a-hippy day at school and tries to blame you, this attempt at passing the blame can now be met with “I can’t imagine why you didn’t know about it. It was written on the calendar outside your room, you got a notification on your phone last night, and you probably saw it on the calendar above your backpack when you grabbed it on the way out the door.”
They might try it, but chances are they’ll only try it once.
(Caveat: this depends on the age-level of your child. I still have to remind my infant about her doctor’s appointments. Freeloader.)
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Liz is a wife, mom, blogger, coder (and unabashed digital nerd), PhD student (and huge psychology geek), workout masochist, and occasional human being. She founded The Stay Sane Mom after marrying into the role of stepmom to a preteen girl (and Instagram addict) and shortly thereafter having her first bio kid (now a toddlernado supreme). Her goal is to provide tools and support to help other capable, sleep-deprived, soul-hungry moms master their domains so they have the time and energy to be more than just 'mom'.
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