I felt the need to share this bit of information - my wife and I have been using Google Calendars for quite some time now. Our kids are now at an age where we need to teach them about keeping an organized schedule. With the individual kids, two different schools, parents who work – one a regular schedule – myself, I’m working from home. Our schedules are all over the place and have been getting difficult keeping track of everyone’s events.
We set each child up with their own calendar. This is where they enter in days off, homework, study time, project due dates, chores and whatever they wish. Their calendars are shared to both of us parents so we can see what they have coming up for school.
Teachers this year have given this concept their blessing as they want to move away from paper agendas. This does mean kids are bringing their electronic devices to class. Rule is - it must be in airplane mode to avoid disruption (hopefully they actually do this).
Having the kids with their own calendars has also given us the ability to invite them to certain events where they are to be attending, like doctor/dentist appointments. These automatically get placed in their own calendar as well as ours.
A general family calendar for holiday trips, family BBQ’s or anything that involves the entire group of us.
My wife uses 2 calendars – one private for her own personal things, and one that shows us her work schedule.
I use 4 different calendars – either for general office duties and appointments, showings on properties as well as possession dates for clients.
By setting up the family with their own calendars and sharing them properly, creating any event has been simplified by providing a quick snapshot of the day, week or month of everyone’s calendars. This is proving to be extremely useful.
At a glance, I can view my work schedule alongside my wife’s to see if planning a date night can be worked in – or, plan an outing with the kids on an off school day by comparing their schedule against mine. Takes guess work out of the equation. Or, for the kids, they can see when their project is due or when their next math exam is so they can be prepared. They find this much easier than flipping through a paper agenda.
Give it a try - it's free!