While paper calendars and Post-It note reminders still hang on
the family fridge, many parents are using technology to stay on top
of their busy family schedules.
Microsoft Outlook (for Windows) and iCal (for Mac) are
basic computer calendar applications common in business and home
use. Google Calendar is one of the most popular Web-based
applications-it's free, easy to use and compatible with many other
apps and programs. Yahoo Calendar is also a free Web-based
scheduling tool and easily integrated with e-mail.
When it comes to calendars specific for families, famundo.com and cozi.com are top choices. Both offer
free schedule management systems, designed specifically for
families and additional storage and sharing options.
Myfamilydayplanner.com is as simple as it gets. Without lots of
fluff, families can schedule events, store recipes and make grocery
CustodyPlanner.com offers a free calendar
program specially designed to help divorced families schedule
shared custody, manage activities and communicate.
Calengoo, Calvetica Calendar, GoCal and SaiSuke are
calendar apps that sync with Google Calendar-great for connecting
from mobile devices. YadaHome.com offers a family-friendly
organizer and calendar app, along with an online calendar. Features
also include to-do and grocery lists. A two-day free trial is
available from iTunes.
Families who use Facebook can also sync their Facebook
events with Google Calendar. Facebook's popular Birthday Calendar
app allows you to add events and get e-mail reminders of special
days. Families should remember to choose a private event status
that will only be visible to invitees.
If you're looking for a paper calendar, you can find some
great tools online. Mommytracked.com offers cute printable calendar
pages for weekly and monthly views, as does bluemountain.com, along with
monthly calendar wallpaper for your computer.
E-mail, text and call list reminders
Ask your dentist, orthodontist and doctors' offices if
they offer online access to patient appointment schedules or e-mail
reminders. Many schools offer daily or weekly e-mails with regular
reminders of events and activities, others will offer text
reminders or automatic calls if you subscribe to the automatic call
list. Take advantage of e-mail, text and call lists through
schools, sports organizations, youth groups, health care providers
or Scouts to help you stay on top of activities.
Sharon Cindrich is a mother of two tech-savvy kids from Virginia Beach. Learn more at sharoncindrich.com.
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