Essential Mom Things
My very favorite Art Blog for Kids, Artchoo!, posed this question with a link up and I longed to respond even though I am too late to link up.
1) Car pool
With over-scheduled kids comes logistical nightmares. 3 kids also mean that man-on-man is no longer an option. A car pool is essential.
2) Google Calendar
With said over-scheduling, the only way we’ve been able to keep track of who is going where and how to get there is Google Calendar. Ok, sometimes I screw up the date and then we show up for a birthday party that happened yesterday. Assuming low human error, the Google Calendar is flawless and the upside is sharing with other members of your family. My husband likes to color code events by person (which you can do if you assign a different gmail account to each member of your family) but I think that is overkill.
One caveat: shut down your iPhone when it fails to synch up with the Calendar and usually that does the trick.
I can’t live without my iPhone but somehow I never have my phone on me when I most need it. Like last Thursday’s soccer car pool in Cambridge at the Harvard Stadium. I didn’t know that the 7th grade boy had assumed I had abandoned him and gotten his own ride home. I searched for him for 4o minutes thinking he was still on the field. Oops, should have kept my iPhone in my pocket instead of the car!!! I have the old 3G iPhone but I’m fine with it!
4) MacBook Air
I used to work in our basement home office which we affectionately dubbed “The Dungeon.” If I was down there too long, away from the kid fray, my husband and kids would be very upset. I’m not sure why but when I work in bed on the upstairs floor, they don’t seem to mind. Plus, working in bed beats working in a dungeon! This change of work environment is all due to my laptop. Now, if only there were a plug near the bed … but the 3 hour battery limitation means I have to take a break.
My kids barely read email and I know I am old-fashioned but I am still dependent on email. In fact, it takes me several hours a day to clear mine so it’s with mixed emotion that I add it to my list. Email falls into the category of Can’t Live With It, Can’t Live Without It. I use gmail.
It’s not just a transportation device, it is also a storage unit housing snacks, reusable bags, LapFit, water, blanket, doggy poo bags (thankfully clean), sunscreen, iPhone recharger, DVD used for hiding cash, change for parking, toilet paper (don’t ask), and collapsible chairs. And the 7 seats are indispensable for the aforesaid carpooling.