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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Sunday night family meeting

One thing you probably know already is that as you start having children, the chaos factor rises dramatically.  There are schedules to maintain, appointments to remember, school functions to go to, lessons to get kids to, work commitments, places to go and things to do.  Add in a husband's obligations, and the mind gets boggled with the overload.  Somehow, you have to know and act on all this stuff.  Calendars are wonderful as long as everyone writes in their information.  But sometimes they don't and you find out at the last minute that you are supposed to bring cupcakes to your daughter's class at the same time you have a dentist appointment across town.  No wonder Moms get stressed out!

I can't remember it all!!!
You might want to consider having a weekly family meeting.  Usually Sunday is the one day everyone is home and it is technically the beginning of the new week so what better day to sit down with everyone and discuss the activities of the upcoming week.  You'll be able to see where conflicts are and hopefully have time enough to correct them.  Everyone will know in advance that Mom will be crabby on Wednesday because of that dentist appointment and to lay low.  The calendar can be updated so no one will be able to say "I told you I had to bring cupcakes on Wednesday!"  To which you'll respond, "No, you didn't."

Life can definitely be chaotic but there are ways to make it less so.  Isn't it worth it to cut down as much stress as possible?  Set aside 15 minutes or 1/2 hour every Sunday evening and see if it doesn't help.   Oh, and if you have a dessert or treat afterwards, everyone will be happy to participate!


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