(Inside: A working mom weekly planner for busy moms. A planner to help your entire family stay organized and get places on time. )
I write all of my three kids’ activities on my monthly calendar and then highlight (using three different colors) each kid’s schedule.
And in one week, I still missed
…an ortho appointment.
…and one soccer practice.
Gone. I did not remember either at all.
No wonder the last time I was at the orthodontist and I was sitting in the waiting room right in front of the receptionist, she called me on my cell to ask where I was. “Hi!” (Me waving at her.) “Yes, I’m right here in front of you.” (Sweet lady – she’s not used to me being in the actual waiting room on time…)
What’s a girl to do when she can’t keep it all straight?
Weekly working mom calendar so you can see a visual of the whole week and get everyone where they need to be:
I appreciated her calendar, but I needed a little more room in the after-school squares and I wanted to make it a little prettier, so I made my own. Then, because sometimes I can be a “try-hard” (according to my kids), I made a couple more varieties of weekly calendars to best meet what we’re doing that week.
I know moms in our community, are busy, busy, busy, and I like having time savers and parenting hacks on this site, I’m sharing my glorious weekly calendar with you.
The life skills we’re teaching when we talk through this working mom planner with our families:
Moms, when we simply do life with our families, we’re giving our kids important tools they’ll use forever. But I know we don’t think of it that way. We think we’re just doing what needs to be done – so I want to point out all the amazing life lessons you’re teaching. (And how awesome you are, momma!)
When we sit down on Sunday evenings and talk through the family schedule, we’re teaching our kids:
- Communication skills
- Organizational skills
- How to lead their own lives
- Ownership in the family
- How to work well with others (Team-player skills)
- Be intentional with their time
- Keep trying until you figure out what works. (Each season calls for different kinds of organization methods. We keep figuring out what works for the “right now.”)
- And so much moe
Mommas, you’re doing a great job. Keep moving forward knowing your family needs you times a million and then some more.
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I went to college to get my high school teaching degree. I planned to work for a few years, then stay home with babies. My mind was made up.
Except, I didn’t factor in one thing…
I loved my career.
Furthermore, at my workplace, there were so many working moms that daily showed me how to be great at both your job and motherhood. So, after taking six years off to be home with my kids and fulfill that dream, I chose to go back to work.
I love being a working mom and I want to imperfectly thrive in it – I know you to thrive too. Be encouraged through this series on being a working mom.
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Cheryl is a mom of 3 boys, wife, speaker, high school teacher, and author of Empowered Moms & Kids. She has a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and is passionate about learning and teaching. On www.empoweredmomsandkids.com you’ll find inspiration and encouragement for moms raising tweens and/or teens. Read more in the “about” section of this page.