Network with Other Parents and Use Resources
Every family struggles with time management. So, why not join forces with other parents to make everyone's day easier? Carpooling is a particular favorite with many parents. Not only does it mean less daily hassle for you, it also cuts on down pollution and money spent on gas. If your kids and their friends all do a particular activity, you can use that to your advantage. For example, coordinate with other parents to sign all of your aspiring dancers up for the Tuesday ballet class. Web sites like Divide the Ride help groups keep track of schedules and map out routes. You can even set up e-mail and text message reminders to keep you on the right track.
Many communities also have resources for busy parents, such as the Neighborhood Parents Network of Chicago (NPN). The NPN offers continuing education opportunities for parents on a variety of topics and sponsors smaller clubs for groups like working moms and the parents of multiples. Connecting with other parents in your area who face the same challenges you do can go a long way toward lightening the load.
Networking with other parents can help you manage your time -- so how about networking with your own family? Go to the next page for tips on successful family meetings.