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Keep Calm & Get your Planner Out

Managing Busy Fall Schedules as a Family

By: Hannah Auch, MA Intern

It’s that time of year again! We are home from our vacations, the leaves are starting to change and the kids are back to school. We have been propelled into another season of jam-packed schedules. The school year can be fun and exciting, but it can also bring challenges when it comes to trying to stay on top of everything.

What is the key to managing overloaded schedules without letting life just pass us by?

One of the most important parts to staying on top of busy schedules is not what you do at those events on your calendar – but what you do in between to stay prepared and organized. To help you start off strong, I would like to highlight a couple of practical tools for managing busy schedules this fall. First, using a family calendar is a great way to keep everyone on the same page, such as a shared google calendar or even one that sits in a central location in the house. Another practical option to help you get ahead is meal prepping. There are so many resources out there for meal prep strategies that can help you save a little time in the kitchen, helping you have more time to relax and enjoy family time. Remember, the freezer is your friend. You can save time by preparing your favorite meals in advance and storing it in a freezer bag until you are ready to throw in the ingredients in the oven or frying pan. Here's a helpful resource to get you started.

With children’s activities, work and social schedules that are so demanding, being intentional about a routine of togetherness can make a