How to stay on schedule with a large family: You get a ring, and you get a ring!
I’m one of those people that is alway 5 - 10 minutes early to wherever I need to be. If I’m running late (see: right on schedule or legitimately not on time), my anxiety rises and I start to internally freakout.
And as any parent of young children knows, somedays you can try your hardest, but kids are going to do what they’re going to do - and oftentimes they move at their own sloooooow pace. Schedule? They don’t care about a schedule!
For me, this translates into starting the process of leaving the house ridiculously early - with the end goal of getting there on time. I figure, if we’re early - we can always listen to the radio or look at books in the car to kill a few minutes. And if we’re late? Well, I just can’t go there.
But with essentially six people oftentimes going in six different directions, I simply cannot keep up with all the schedules. Admittedly, one time last year I got so wrapped up with what I was doing at home that I completely forgot to pick my first grader from school at the end of the day.
She made it home - 50 minutes late after the teacher called me to make sure I was ok.
Um yeah, not ok.
That day was a game changer for me. I knew this type of thing could never happen again, and I needed a plan. So what did I do? I devised a not-so-scientific way to make sure everyone got to where the needed to be - when they needed to be there.
Simply: Each person in my family has been assigned a fun ringtone of their choosing as an alarm on my phone, and 15 minutes before anyone has to be anywhere - it goes off.
My 3rd grader chose Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the USA” as her ringtone, my 1st grader’s song is MIKA’s “Lollipop”. And mine just might be the chorus to Katy Perry’s new song, “Roar”. I got the eye of a tiger...
So throughout the day - my family’s songs keep me going, and keep us ticking on time. Assuming I don’t mute my phone and forget to turn the sound back on, that is.
How about you? How do you stay on track - making sure everyone gets to where they need to be?
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