My days can be CrAzY sometimes!
I have a son in College, one in High School, and two in
Trying to keep track of everyone's schedule can be
a little bit of a challenge to say the least!
This is the solution we came up with to try and keep
some kind of ORDER in our home!
It's called a:
My Day Keeper!
Everything that I need to keep track of, is included in this book.
My Day Keeper Includes:
Weekly and Monthly Menu Planner
Food Storage Planner and Shopping Lists
Daily Focus Organizer
Weekly Cleaning Schedules
Extra Money Jobs
To Do Lists
Running Project Lists
Family, Couples, and Personal Council Sheets
Sunday Lesson Planner
Saturday Check List
Family Phone Book
Important Names and Numbers At A Glance
Meeting Agenda and Notes Pages
My Daily Absolutes
Family Activity Planner
"Here's What We Did This Month" Journal Pages
Birthday and Anniversary Reminders
Birthday Wants, Needs, and Sizes Page
Budget and Spending Sheets
(Monthly Expenses: Fixed & Flexible)
Our Family Mission Statement
(As well as a Grandparent's Section!)
I THINK THAT JUST ABOUT COVERS IT!
To Make the Day Keeper
You Will Need:
Wet Erase Markers
Lined Post-It Notes
Index Tabs with Adhesive
(They come in clear or in color)
2 - 24 Page Presentation Books
(I got mine at Office Max)
A Picture of Your Family
and Printed Copies of the PDF Files
you choose to use in your Day Keeper.
(There are no PDF's yet . . . but just you wait, they're on the way!)
I want to start off by explaining
My Daily Focus.
Trying to make sure that everyone gets plenty of
one-on-one time is sometimes easier said than done.
As parents we tend to go where the need is,
and by the end of the week we wonder how much
time we actually got to spend with each child.
My Daily Focus is an idea we came up with
to make sure that
gets some special time with mom and dad.
(Mom and Dad even get some time!)
We assigned each family member a day of the week.
That day is THEIR DAY!
We still have everyday responsibilities with the
other children, but we make special efforts
to make the each person's day special.
This has made a huge difference in our family.
We let the kids stay up a little later on their day,
we serve their favorite dinner and
we even do their jobs for them on their day!
They choose something special to do with mom and dad.
Sometimes it's just staying up 15 minutes later to play a quick
card game or listen to one more story before bed.
Sunday we focus on the Savior.
We try to do things that help us to remember HIM
and keep HIS DAY Holy.
Dave and I have our "Date Night!"
Because we love our night sooo much, it helps us to
make sure we follow through with our plans for our children.
It truly fills our cups and helps to keep our family strong!
Each of our children have their assigned color
which I use in My Day Keeper.
(Notice the colors I used are the same colors I used
in my family flag. I use their colors ALL THE TIME!)
In just a glance I am quickly reminded who's day it is.
This section is incorporated into the
Weekly Spread Sheets
I'll go over these tomorrow.
In the meantime . . .
I have a little homework assignment
for YOU tonight!
Assign each of your children a day of the week.
Take into consideration lessons and appointments,
and Don't Forget to include your Date Night.
The whole Day Keeper Revolves around
this information, so it's important to start here.
I will show you pictures of my Day Keeper layout
tomorrow and all through the next week.
You will have a
New Homework Assignment Each Day,
which I hope will be FUN!
(I LOVE this kind of stuff, so it doesn't really feel like work.)
By the end of the week, your Day Keeper should be
ready to go!
(I'm sooo EXCITED . . . I know I'm not going to sleep tonight!)