How to create a family command center

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I wouldn’t say I’m the most organized person. In fact, when asked to describe me in three words or less, “organized” is probably way down on the list of words my friends or family would use. However, when my daughter started daycare, I quickly realized I needed a better system of keeping my life, and hers, in order.

A quick internet search turns up a mile-long list of ideas, from the elaborate, custom-built hutch, to a simple tabbed notebook, you can find just about anything.

I use a desk organizer on our kitchen counter and keep it stocked with a notepad with built-in clipboard where I store my weekly meal-planner sheets and my daughter’s daily daycare forms. I also stash my planner and grocery list with a pen, a sharpie and my toddler’s vitamins.

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To make your life a little easier I’ve rounded a few of my favorite options from across the web.

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About Dad’s Take

We have been known to spin our wheels trying to understand exactly what the fathers of our children are thinking. Whether one of you stays at home or you’re in a dual-working household, sometimes men and women just speak different languages.

Coming soon, one brave dad will do his part to bridge the communication gap, especially when it comes to raising kids.

jon and perry

About Mom’s Night Out

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Wouldn’t you love to sit around for an hour with your best mommy friends and talk over a glass of wine? Who has time for that? Mom’s Night Out is an opportunity to ask a few different mom’s their opinion on a single topic. For example, if we want to know how moms found their pediatrician, we’d ask a few different moms that question and then post their response here as if we’ve all sat around chatting over a glass of Cabernet.

Send your question to rebecca.r.mcnamara@gmail.com.

Who are women who make it work?

When I first came back to work after having a baby, I spent a lot of time asking other women for advice. Where did you pump? How did you find clothes that fit your new body? Do you leave early every time daycare calls? How does your boss feel about working in the evening if you do have to leave early?

Questions like those filled my brain. Fortunately, if there’s one thing I learned about new mothers, it’s that they are more than happy to talk to you about their experiences. In that spirit, I began formally interviewing women I admire and who I thought might have some advice to share.

Do you have a story of your own to share, or know someone who should share theirs? Email me at rebecca.r.mcnamara@gmail.com.