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Every year on my kids first day of school, I log on to Facebook and see my feed filled with obligatory “first day of school photos” from all my family & friends. The photos consist of huge smiles of excited kids, sporting their new backpacks and ready for the new school year! What you don’t see is the faces on the other side of the camera, the faces of anxiety ridden parents who are dreading the busy year to come. The official first day where lazy days of summer are replaced with sports schedules, school functions, piles of homework and everything else life throws at us!
And every year the list seems to add on more and more. This year, not only are both my kids playing soccer again but my daughter has also decided to try her hand (or ball) at Volleyball! These activities are all taking place in the Summer/Fall, so it will be very interesting to see how we are going to juggle all of that!
Did I mention I also volunteer for my daughter’s Girl Scout troop? I am the official “Cookie Mom Manager” and once a year my living room is stacked from floor to ceiling with cases of Girl Scout Cookies! Cookie Managers not only handle all of the Girl Scout cookie ordering but also schedule and lead the Cookie Booth for the girls! There are deadlines for ordering, deadlines for payments, deadlines for booth scheduling and planning cookie drop offs/pick ups with all the parents! Did I mention the anxiety I have for the busy year to come?
And let us talk about the kids school functions, be it teacher conferences or concerts/plays they seem to have every other week. I’ve been asked many times how I juggle it all and I always give the same answer: “I stay organized!”
Staying organized is not as easy as it sounds however, technology certainly has aided us in the process. One terrific website I recommend is SignUp.com. SignUp.com, formally known as VolunteerSpot, is a site I used often when I coached my daughters soccer team some years back. The free service allowed me to coordinate with the parents regarding different activities, practice/game duties and concession stand shifts!
Now the free service has expanded to any device and can be used 24/7 to make teachers, room parents, coaches, group-leaders and parents life a little bit easier and much more organized. No more clipboards, spreadsheets, long chat threads or long reply-all emails about who is bring what when, SignUp.com has our backs. And the calendar sync and reminders help us parents keep our commitments. Get organized and make this school year a little less stressful by using SignUp.com! Maybe next year you will join in the “back to school photo” with a huge smile yourself!