School's out for summer….one classic rocker may have sang this line with glee, but many mothers faces turn chalky as Alice Cooper's at the thought of summer holidays. No school means that blissful block of time in your day planners for moms marked "class" has evaporated into an abyss of screaming, yelling young'uns, or an endless shuttle to summer camp, swim lessons, and softball practice. What’s a busy mother to do?
Not to worry. Starting right here, momAgenda shows you how to use your day planner for moms and other organizational tools to stay sane and serene in the face of summer chaos.
Slices of Life. When the summer dawns, the days can become as segmented as the fresh orange slices you serve for breakfast. Instead of drawing that blessed "school" line down your day planner for moms, you may now find yourself penciling activities in by the thirty minute or (yikes!) fifteen minute increment. Though a bit intimidating at first, writing every activity out in your day planner for moms will help you feel instantly more in control of your life.
Spread the Love. Once you have penciled in every family activity in your day planner for moms, go back through each child’s schedule and see what can be outsourced, alternated, or downright eliminated. Find parents willing to drive or trade off driving, and discuss with your kids which activities they truly love doing, and those they could do without. Don’t stop revising until the schedule in your day planner for moms truly reflects what is realistic and manageable for your family
Schedule Smorgasbord. Once you have a realistic version, transfer the activities schedule from your daily planner for moms to the family planner on the fridge, because, hey, organization is a family affair. It’s everyone’s responsibility to know where they are supposed to be when, and give mom a loving reminder now and then. Posting the schedule on the fridge is a no-excuses way for everyone to be reminded of the day’s activities.
Stash 'n' go. In the summer, you’re always on the go, and you need organizational accessories that travel with you. In addition to your momAgenda day planner for moms, stock up on slim momAgenda grocery pads and to-do lists for when you want to carry a smaller purse or just slip something into a beach bag. By investing in a series of organizational tools you will never be caught in a situation you can’t organize, and your lists and references will help you feel cool and collected whether in the car, by the pool or in the pet store.
Still have "you" time- Summer’s here, so you’ll need these babysitter's info pads more than ever! Just because school’s out doesn’t mean you still don’t deserve a date night, lunch with the girls, midnight grocery shopping, or whatever else makes summer special for you. Having these handy pads at your side makes getting a babysitter a summer breeze for all your spontaneous!
Shake up your summer. In the hot season, even mothers have the right to shake up their summers like a poolside mai tai. Read through your day planner for moms to see what same old activities the family might like to skip this summer, or any unscheduled hour that could be used for new adventures. Consider a special exploit like berry picking, scuba diving, or volunteering as a family.
Foreign shores. In case you haven’t noticed, one part of your momAgenda day planner for moms is reserved especially for vacation planning. This is no accident. After your long summer of organization, you deserve to get away from it all. Whether you take the family, go as a couple, or by yourself, make sure to plan at least one fun trip this summer that is a break from the daily school year routine.
And lest the looming appointments in your day planner for moms get you down, look on the bright side: at least you can stock away your permission slips for a few months!