We used survival tactics rather than addressing our problem of never being on time.
Before the days of shared calendars, we had many shared arguments and our bandaid solution was to set up roles in our family. We thought that this would stop the accusations of who double booked, or who forgot what each child needed for their activity. I was delegated the role of event co-ordinator in our home, which looking back meant, that it something went wrong in terms of anyone doing or not doing something, it was my fault, and it was not ideal.
Once upon a long time ago, there was a Mum and a Dad, seven children and a dog. They all lived together in what was a relatively organised household. By relatively organised, I mean a quite structured environment. We had lists and we had schedules, but mostly we made sure that we were always looking at least a couple of days ahead. It has always been important to us that, as parents, and more-so working parents, we ensured that as our brood was growing up that they did not miss out on anything that children from smaller families might experience....