You thought planning your own schedule was hard, but between your son’s T-Ball game, your baby’s mommy-and-me class and your daughter’s ballet recital, juggling your family’s schedule is nearly impossible! Bright side is we have all of these great things going on and things to do, and it’s all part of leading a healthy lifestyle. And while it’s important to stop and smell the roses once in a while, we still have to get to and from all of these fantastic experiences. (sigh). So what are we to do?
Be as organized as possible. Plan out your day or week in advance. Let’s face it, this might just come down to planning the night before, and that’s OK too. (bringing it back to school nights cramming for finals). Either way, have a game plan and draw out a map if need be for who goes where and when.
Communication is key. Make sure you communicate the plan to everyone involved – even the kids. Yes, the kids also like to know what’s going on (as far in advance as they can grasp). So you should tell your 5 year-old son about his T-Ball game the next day, but a week or two in advance may not be necessary. Knowing what to expect, having a plan helps give your little ones a sense of security. But depending on how old they are, they may still have a skewed sense of time. So if an event is a few days or weeks away, it might be better to tell them about it as it gets closer. Lastly, and maybe most importantly, don’t forget to be sure the adults involved (ie your spouse, nanny, etc) are fully aware of the schedule and plan, and with enough time for them to plan as well for who needs to be where and when.
Mommy can’t be in two places at once. We all wish we could have this super power, but unfortunately we don’t. So, tag team or ask for help. You take ballet recital this week, and allow dad (or the nanny, or grandparent) to go to T-Ball. Next week, you’ll switch. It’s OK to loosen the reins for these occasional overlaps in the schedule. It also gives your kids (and you) that special one-on-one time as well. So enjoy it!