Kimberly Steinhoff October 4, 2021 Family Schedule
The family that plans together stays together. Establish a meeting day and time and stick with it. Sundays are a great time to establish schedules. For one, it is when most families spend time together, whether it be church, dinners or just relaxing from the weeks events. The established day must be one that all members can attend. Remind attendees to bring their planners. General pencil and pen with paper are not acceptable.
At a family meeting, establish the plan together. They are much more likely to stick to it. Then when your child objects to the plan, remind them that you built it together and you would be happy to re-evaluate the plan at your next family meeting. Post the plan on the refrigerator so that everyone can see it and be reminded of what happens next. Use small drawings or symbols next to each items to allow non-readers to participate.
Do not over schedule. Your child`s school day is busy enough. Set clear guidelines for how many extracurricular activities they can participate in and stick to them. Do not let children organize play dates as you are picking them up from school. This is the quickest way to burn them out. They may seem full of energy coming off of their busy day, but they will melt down quickly if they do not have any downtime at the end of their day.
Once everyone gets their perfect planner there is still one more item needed. A kitchen calendar. It will need to fit on the refrigerator door. This is the best place because it is the one place that everyone will see it, no matter what. Any adjustments to schedules can be listed there for all to see.
Monthly meetings help plan for events that are coming down the road. Family members can plan for rides, babysitters and any out-of-town events that may be coming up. Monthly meetings also help coordinate holidays, birthdays and any other celebrations that take away from the normal school and work activities. Planning and scheduling does not have to be a task or chore for you or your loved ones. It can be a great way to share, bond and talk about all of the things that are going on in your lives. Planning and meeting will keep the balls bouncing in the same direction and no one will get left behind or forgotten.
On the kitchen counter or on the fridge, set up a family calendar. Make sure this is visible to all the family members during most of the times of their day. On this calendar, mark all the upcoming happenings of the following week. This way, you will be able to keep everyone updated about different events. You can also set up a few guidelines. This will make the whole atmosphere disciplined. You should let family members know about a few rules that operate in the house. For instance, the number of times each member can go out with friends in a week, the maximum time till which they can stay out, breakfast to be done with family, etc.