Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Keeping It All Straight and Stress-Free

Every home with children needs an information center - some sort of system for keeping track of all the appointments, lessons, practices, etc.

At our house, we have a combination white board/bulletin board where we keep track of everyone's whereabouts. The bulletin board holds fliers, permission slips and anything else we need to keep track of. The white board has a line for every day of the week, Sunday through Saturday, listing all the events for that week. I use a different colored marker for each person, so one quick glance tells me where everyone is. Next to the white board I keep a calendar and the boys' sports schedules for a quick reference.

Some people use chalk boards, poster boards, monthly, weekly or daily schedules. Find a method that works for you and stick with it. That way you won't miss out on any important events, and your life will feel more organized and far less stressful.


Carma said...

Theresa, I like your method of keeping track. When my kids were at home I wish I had had a system like that. I had to beg, borrow and steal information and schedules if I could ever catch anyones attention.

Judy said...

Hi Theresa,

Excellent post. We had a chart and the kids got to check off when they completed the chore. It seemed like (with some of them) there was a sense of pride and accomplishment.

We also used to do allowances based on attitude, not just chores. Whoa - did that change what was accomplished! Attitude makes a huge difference in how well the chore was completed. It is pretty tough to only clean part of a room with a good attitude.

Take care,

Lisa Kirby said...


You remind me here that I need to get that bulletin board up. I bought it, but I still use the piece of blank paper stuck on the fridge. (I think I have too many frying pans in the fire!)

You have an organized information center there, girl. We really do need to talk. :)

Lisa Kirby

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Dorit Sasson said...

I keep a calendar and a lot of post it notse. I could probably cut down on paper with a calender board.

Just stuck in that habit.

Thanks for the tips!

Great post.