I have seen all over the internet “comunication boards” or “communication centers”. In the blogsphere, to be honest, I haven’t seen anything that really suit my immediate needs. I can’t have a huge black chalkboard wall in my house where I will be writting everything that happens in our life in a month.
What about the many papers we collect with information we might need to follow-up later like summer camps? We get the information in February for something that will happen in June/August! How insane is that? Anyway… so, I had to figure it out what worked for me and it had to be simple and manageable, or else the whole idea of a centralized point of family communication would be a great fiasco.
First, I started by using a common electronic calendar. I will probably blog later about my love for the iPhone, iPad and iCal. What happens is: my husband and I have iPhones, iPads and we have a Mac laptop with iCal. So, during the day while we are busy with our work or family affairs and suddenly a text comes up “Playdate on the 28th?” What do I do? I create an event in my iPhone calendar. Then… magically something called CLOUD will make this event appear on my iPad calendar and on my iCal at the laptop. Usually on Sundays night, I print the calendar for the week. I take a quick look so I have an idea of what will happen that week in case I need to prepare.
As far as were to put it… I bought an IKEA picture frame and glued a sheet of cork and cover it with a piece of left over fabric… I hanged the frame in the hallway on top of the entrance stairs where we have the biggest traffic. My husband now, when coming back home and dropping his keys, will put the info we get in the mail there for later follow-up. My nanny knows what the kids are doing that day and I know if I have to do extra groceries if we have dinner plans on the weekend before heading out the door… If we still have doubts, we can check online in our phones or iPad and re arrange things if needed. Getting home, I can either write the changes in the piece of paper or print in a second a new sheet with an updated schedule… sooooo easy!