Family households have a lot going on. Everyone has their own daily schedules, so how do you find time to get together and do family things?
With today’s technology, it’s not as hard as you’d think to coordinate with one another.
Your Own Routine
What does your routine look like?
You need to look at individual routines in order to figure out when you can schedule some family time on the calendar. Even if you’re a family with two working adults and children that participate in sports and other after-school events, you can still make time for family dinner, family outings, and each other.
If you have kids into extracurricular activities, you also want to know when they have events going on, so you can be there.
This is another reason it’s important to coordinate your schedules and know what everyone else is doing.
Collaborating with the Rest of the Family
So, how do you do it? Before the age of smartphones, you would have to have a community wall calendar in your home and hope that everyone writes neatly enough that you could decipher what was written on each day. With smartphones you can all have a shared calendar to put your events and schedules.
Calendar apps are easy to find on your smartphone, whether you have an iPhone or an Android device. Find an app that works with multiple users. Make sure the whole family knows how to use it, and that they make sure their entries say who they’re for (some apps offer color-coding to solve this issue).
What types of events do you and the family need to share in your calendar apps?
Well, that’s up to you and what you all have going on, but here are some of the things you’ll want to consider making sure the entire family knows about.
1. Work Meetings
If any of the working adults in the family have meetings that aren’t during normal work hours, letting everyone know you might be late for dinner or that you can’t make it to this week’s soccer game can be done easily with the calendar app you share with your family. You’ll no longer hear, “You’re late,” since everyone can check the calendar and know why you’re late.
2. School Meetings
Whether you attend parent-teacher conferences or you have a special meeting with a teacher or principal for a less appealing reason, school meetings are important for the entire family. Knowing and remembering when they are will show your children and their teachers that you care about their education.
3. Extracurricular Activities
If your children do sports, scouts, or any number of other extracurricular activities, you’ll want to keep track of them. You need to know when they need to be dropped off at camp, picked up from practice, or when they have a game you’ll want to be supporting them at.
4. Other Plans
When you have kids, you know that they spend a lot of time with friends. Having them add their sleepovers and birthday party plans to the calendar app helps you know when they won’t be home. Family plans are easier to make when you know what everyone’s plans are.
Which Calendar Apps are the Best?
You don’t have to have a fancy calendar app for your phone. Here are two apps you may already have access to and should be using.
1. Google Calendar
If you’re a Gmail user, Google Calendar is the ideal calendar app to use. It’s one you can use on your desktop computer, laptops, tablets, and smartphones. Everyone can have their own linked calendar, and you can use color coding, so it’s easy to know who needs to be at football practice and who needs to be at the dentist for teeth cleaning.
Google has plenty of great apps that are great for families and work. This is an easy to use calendar, so even the youngest smartphone-using family member can enter their plans.
2. iCloud Calendar
If you’re a family of iPhone users, or you have any other Apple devices, the iCloud Calendar should be your first choice in calendar apps. This app is already on your device.
Just like the Google Calendar, you can set up individual calendars that are linked to an easy to decipher who needs to be where. They are also color-coded.
The calendar allows for recurring events. This way you don’t have to individually enter every football practice if they’re on the same day and time every week. Plus, you can print the calendar out!
Are You Coordinated?
Use those calendar apps. They’ll keep your entire family on track, and you won’t miss the Junior Football Playoffs or the dentist appointment to get your teenager’s braces removed.
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