- Time & Schedules – this topic includes creating and managing the family calendar, family’s activities, chores, errands, arrangements, holidays and communications. It’s a very wide array of items – but in order to manage it – create yourself a calendar and scheduling system that works seamlessly
- Home & Property – including what happens in and around the home, maintenance, and seasonal changes and updates
- Food & Nutrition – this topic includes planning and deciding menu items, shopping, cooking and maintaining it all. Creating a master list of all your family meals and favorite recipes is a good place to start. Rotating your meals weekly will allow you to better plan, shop and organize your time.
- Relationships with Family & Friends – in addition to all the other responsibilities on your list, a family manager is also responsible for your social schedule! You are the social glue between family and friends and are ultimately responsible for planning and communicating about events.
- Finances – family finances are under the umbrella of a family manager’s responsibilities. Setting and sticking to a reasonable budget will help you manage your finances. It’s a good time of year to sit down and actually do this so you and your partner can agree on expenses, expenditures, loans, pay-offs, and free cash monthly.
- Catering & Special Events – this area includes holidays, parties, gatherings and invitations out. The area of catering and special events can also include vacation plans. As a manager, consider this a separate area of responsibility so you can manage it accordingly.
- Self-Care & Wellness – This should probably be the first on the list, but I leave it for last because it is often when it is thought of. For most moms, self care is the last priority on the list, but we all know that a happy, healthy momma makes better decisions, is generally less stressed and happier about who she is and where she is going. Take the time to build in self-care, whether it be time to exercise, mediate, meet with friends or treat yourself. Spending time and attention to rejuvenate yourself will make everyone happier!
This list above is a synopsis of what is introduced in the Family Manager tools and techniques by Kathy Peel, America’s Family Manager! If you need help managing your home and family, I highly recommend the work by Kathy Peel, the developer of the Family Manager system. Here information is available here. What are your particular challenges? How do you manage it all at home? Please enter your comments and ideas below to continue the discussion.