I have tried a variety of calendar methods at our house, but this chalkboard method seems to be the most effective for us. There was a time when I could keep everything straight in my head without writing our schedule down. Then our kiddos started missing a practice here, an appointment there. MOTHER OF THE YEAR. I went back to using a planner like I had so diligently used in college, which worked when the littles were too small to be in charge of their whereabouts in any way. As the littles got big, they needed to know what was going on in our family….not just their own schedule, but everyone’s. They needed to see the big picture. I posted a typical month-long calendar page on a bulletin board in our mudroom which worked pretty well if they would read it….not sure they usually did.

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