Organizing your kids' schedules should be a group effort. It's not a bad idea to pick a time every week when your family can sit down and go over the coming week's events and appointments. Sunday nights often work well for these meetings, but whatever night seems the least busy is probably your best bet. An easy way to stay organized without spending a lot of money may be to buy a large calendar and a different colored pen for each member of your family [source: Family Plus]. When you sit down to plan out the following week, each member of the family can tell you what's coming up and you'll simply write it on the calendar. When you're done, you'll have a visual representation of everyone's commitments, and it should make coordinating schedules a lot easier.
One of the key elements in organizing your kids' schedules is organizing all the pickups and drop-offs that will be necessary to make sure everyone keeps their appointments. On top of feeling like a personal assistant, most parents start to feel like chauffeurs at some point or another. If you have more than one child, the chances that you'll be able to get them all where they need to be -- when they need to be there -- are slim to none. That's why it can be helpful to coordinate with other parents who have similar schedules. Carpooling can be a lifesaver [source: Redbook]. You can use the same calendar that you use to keep track of everyone's commitments to also keep track of who is in charge of driving to and from those commitments.
At the end of the day, keeping your kids' schedules organized might mean making some tough decisions as well. You may have to limit the number of activities you allow your kids to participate in. You might also consider setting up an incentive program, in which you reward kids for good behavior or good grades by allowing them to participate in more extracurricular activities.
Successful methods for organizing your kids' schedules may involve specific tools. Keep reading to find out what you might need to put your scheduling strategies into place.