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Calendars That Work for Families

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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. Finding the calendar that works for your family might take a little trial and error.

Some moms may prefer a personal organizer while others want a combined calendar that is shared by all members of the family. Here are few options for family calendars.

Franklin Covey Planner Kits

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

Microsoft Outlook

Microsoft Outlook
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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 PDA. So everyone can contribute their events to the family calendar electronically. You can have a work and a home calendar side-by-side. Plus you can stay connected to your social and business networks with Outlook Social Connector, which allows you connect to Facebook, LinkedIn and other sites. 

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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.

Jumbo Dry Erase Wall Calendar

Jumbo Dry Erase Wall Calendar
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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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Mom's Ultimate Family Organizer

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 notes and sticky notes. Already have Mom's Ultimate Family Organizer? Get refills (Shop Now).

2012 Amy Knapp's Family Organizer Engagement Calendar

Amy Knapp keeps families on track. This organizer has a place for weekly schedules, tear-out grocery list and menu planning as well as to-do lists. With large monthly grids and weekly areas this mom's planner lets her keep track of the long-, medium-, and short-term. And if this isn't enough Amy Knapp has a whole book on the subject-- Amy Knapp's Family Organizing Handbook: 314 Mom-Tested Super Tips, Tricks and Secrets to Take Care of Everything with Time Left for What Really Matters(Shop Now)

8 Days A-Week Planner Journal by Bob's Your Uncle

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 things you may need to remember.

Calendar Creator Software

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.
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