Nov 9, 2011

Keeping up with the Communication

Last night when I got home I had no less than 4 sheets of paper from my son's take home folder to read and respond to. My daughter also had her take home sheet with a homework sheet attached and the baby had his own take home sheet as well. This does not include my 8YO son's class blog I have to read so I can keep up with what's happening (p.s. dear school feel free to post YouTube tutorials on said blog for this new math you are teaching because no matter how hard I try I still want to carry the damn 1!) or the five listservs I belong to (one for each of them plus 2 for the schools). That right there is a lot of Kommunication to keep up with (in a day there are no less than 5-10 emails from each of those listservs--INSANITY! Those Kardashians don't have anything on me.

You can imagine what this is a setup up for? It’s what I call a #mommyfail moment. What is that you ask? A mommy fail moment is when you think you giving it your best shot and then all of a sudden you get that womp womp wake up call. For example, as it relates to email you try to skim everything but you inevitably miss a notice for a potluck, school trip, meeting, school closing or something like that. You are THAT mom who brings your kids to school on a day off for teacher training (you get it now? #mommyfail).

I have tried to organize the emails so they all go to one place and check them periodically but it’s so much! My husband and I try to back each other up but it’s a seriously its own full-time job.

I even made excel spreadsheets that highlight all the kid’s weekly activities, snack duty (2x a year where I have to spend $75 a pop for weekly snacks- go ahead you can say Ouch! I know I do) and Holidays but alas it’s still not enough.

I find myself every night and every morning going through all the emails and sending myself reminders to respond/fill out/pay for things. I'm not perfect but I do give it a good effort. I wish there were an intelligent app that could sort the emails by priority and add things automatically to my calendar, you know the mommy app (Note to self ,research that).

Chicbusymoms I need help, do your kids have a lot of email/paper coming home? What's your strategy for Keeping up with the Kommunication? I would love to know.

-L8R

3 comments :

shethinksoften said...

I feel your pain. I have a teen now so between practices for band, track, basketball, and others...it is hard to manage. I use my phone calendar and cork boards and white boards. yes, all three. LOL! and that is for one child.

TracyChambers Vintage said...

My head is spinning from the red folders. Some things have to go undone. Ugh!

chicbusymom said...

Tracy,

You appear much more buttoned up then me and on top of it. You are my idol.