Calendars That Work for Families

When work and home are in the same place, a combined calendar makes sense. Keeping track of the family schedule is a tough job, but mix it in with a work-at-home business or job, and things can really get confusing. But there are many different types of calendars that work well for families--paper, dry erase, online, etc.

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    Calendars for Familes

    Mom and girl with calendar
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     Finding the calendar that works for your family might take a little trial and error. Some moms may prefer a personal organizer or simply to use their phones, while others want a combined calendar that is shared by all members of the family. Here are few options for family calendars.

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    If you need your own personal planner to carry with you, this will more than fit the bill. Franklin Covey offers more than just a calendar, the company has a complete organizing philosophy. While many of its planning systems can be customized, the planner kit lets you apply the company's principles with a complete set of the basics. You may want to pair a personal planner of this sort with a wall calendar that other family members can contribute to

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    Microsoft Outlook

    Microsoft Outlook
    Microsoft Outlook. Pricegrabber

    Yes, we think of Microsoft Outlook as an email client, but it also has a great calendar function too. You can see and share multiple calendars and access them online and on your phone. So everyone can contribute their events to the family calendar electronically. You can have a work and a home calendar side-by-side. 

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    Google Calendar
    Google Calendar. Google Calendar

    Like Outlook, each member of the family can have their own calendar that is accessible to other members of the family when using Google Calendar. You can even share your calendar with relatives and friends. But, of course, unlike Outlook, it's free. The downside to both is that you must be plugged in to an electronic device to use it. So younger children may not be able to see the calendar.

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    Jumbo Dry Erase Wall Calendar

    Jumbo Dry Erase Wall Calendar
    Jumbo Dry Erase Wall Calendar. Price Grabber

    If you'd prefer a non-virtual family calendar that everyone in the family can see and add to, think dry erase because a family's schedule constantly changing. Keep track of meetings, appointments and events. The extra-large size (36"x36") makes it easy for everyone to enter their schedules and kids' activities. It has a white wipe-off writing surface and pre-printed days and months.

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    Calendar pages to keep track of family members' schedules, directory pages to locate everyone from the kindergarten teacher to the carpet cleaner, and planning pages for birthday parties or the family vacation. Sticky notes and tear-out lists make it easy to stay organized, while survival tips and tricks from real moms offer encouragement. Calendar includes month-at-a-glance and week-at-a-glance calendar pages, fold-out summer break planner, catchall pockets, perforated tear-out lists and...MORE notes and sticky notes. Already have Mom's Ultimate Family Organizer? Get refills (Shop Now).

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    Couldn't we all use an extra day in the week? This unique spiral notebook lets you schedule Monday through Sunday, but it also gives you an extra column for all those things that might go under "someday." And, since you fill in the dates, there's no need to wait until the new year - this journal is ready to start organizing your life whenever you are. This planner provides spaces for each half hour from 7:30 am to 6:30 pm as well as extra lines for more dates, notes and other...MORE things you may need to remember.
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    If nothing here strikes your fancy. make your own customize calendar for your family and then use the software to make gift calendars for others.