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How do you manage anticipation and scheduling when every day has something in it (apart from the usual weekday getting-up-and-going-to-work-thing) and every weekend for the foreseeable future is booked?

Especially when it's not just yourself that you have to keep track of things for, but your entire family? Things that have to be remembered in our household any given week include the following:

Gym bag for Martin, Chess club for Martin, remind kids to do their homework (evening)

Gym bag for Martin & Karin, remind kids to take their homework (morning) and do their homework (evening), Piano lessons for Martin, Karate lessons for Karin, possible AWC activity for Liz

Minigang Music/Play group for Karin, Badminton for Martin & Karin, remind kids to take their homework (morning) and do their homework (evening), Choir practice for Liz

Gym bag for Martin & Karin, Hemspråk for Martin & Karin, remind kids to take their homework (morning) and do their homework (evening), Karate lessons for Karin, probable AWC activity for Liz

Swim lessons for Karin

Hockey practice for Anders

(every other) Scouts for Anders, Martin & Karin

We are still trying to get and keep all of this straight, and even though I am generally VERY organized and very good about remembering things and reminders, this level of activity has even me dropping the ball. If I'm not forgetting to remind the kids to pack their gym bags, I'm forgetting to make sure Martin has the house key. Neither kid seems to have a clue when it comes to remembering their own responsibilities yet and I'm getting a little frustrated at being the primary responsible rememberer for all of this stuff.

If you have kids, how did you train them to remember their own responsibilities? I'm not talking so much about remembering to drive Karin to karate or Martin to chess, but the stuff that is in the afternoon, after school, when I'm not even home to keep track of the do I teach them to keep their own schedule and deadlines in mind? Reminders in the morning are long gone from their heads by the time school is over and they are home playing computer games and unwinding.

I can feel the Barky turning gray just thinking about it all.

Edited to add: Since I've gotten a couple of comments suggesting it, I guess I should have made it clear that we already DO have a monthly family calendar showing what activities/events are scheduled for each day; which is kept updated, hung in a convenient right-before-we-go-out-the-door spot. Even so.
mood: stressed
music: Scott Phillips—It All Comes Down

Thought of something else...

I haven't read your newest comments about this...but "I came to think about it" (is that Sweglish?) as I was doing just the same planning for packing with Maya's stuff as you do with M & K's. You know those shoe/clothes hanging bag shelves from IKEA? I think I'm going to get one of those to hang up by the door we leave from each morning (basement)...and mark it Monday to Friday. Then I can pre-pack on Sunday the gym clothes, football stuff, swim stuff, skogsmulle stuff by the day they are needed along with anything else that needs to go out the door with us in the morning (snack and water bottle). Maya (with my help) can then grab what she needs for that day pack it into her backpack right before we leave (or I can put it in the car until it's needed after school). FOUR TIMES this week I had to run back upstairs to get something that I coffee (which I can't put into a hanging bag!), Maya's backpack (3 times), gym shoes...AGH! What a waste of time! However, I did remember to bring the dog's food with me for the outdoor hundgård each day! I've only got one kid...can't imagine what people with more than 3 do! I'd be a CRAZY LADY!

carol in sweden

Re: Thought of something else...

That's a good idea!

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