Air traffic control for the family
Now that school is going again, the challenges of communication regarding schedules is a challenge for our family. With my travel; the scouting involvement of me, my wife, and all the kids; school commitments; sports commitments; and all sorts of other things it can get crazy very quickly.
My wife started something a few years ago that seems to work pretty well for us. She bought two dry-erase calendars that we attach to our refrigerator magnetically. The top one always represents the current month, the bottom one is next month.
At the beginning of each month, we:
- Move the new month to the top
- Erase last month's calendar
- Fill in the dates for next month
- Fill in any commitments we know about
- Put next month's calendar at the bottom on the fridge
As we go through the month, we can easily deal with adds, removes, and changes to our schedules.
While not perfect, this has been a very effective means of doing a sort of air traffic control over our busy schedules.
By the way - we have another dry-erase board on the front of the fridge which is a sort of "inbox" for what we need at the grocery store. When you notice we're low on milk, it's your job to write "Milk" on the grocery board.
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