Some people can shepherd a gaggle of kids, or just run their own life, without a 'guidebook,' but I need one, so I am a constant writer of lists. Admittedly, I like the guiding hand of lists and all forms, in fact: when I was a kid, I would go through grown-up's magazines and fill out any forms I could find, even with no intention to mail them in. Checking off boxes soothes me!
I have to write a list (usually the night before) for any outing on which we go. Often I even write out what food I will be packing in the lunches.
|My list to go apple-picking tomorrow|
Taking a tip from some other mothers, I've now begun keeping on our refrigerator the packing lists for regular, weekly outings. I have my list for what to take to CCE on Fridays and for what to take to Mass on Sundays. I am so reliant on a list that my Sunday list says "Remember to eat ahead of time," as I'm so busy getting everyone else ready that I forget to take care of my own self until I'm reminded later by a dizzy head and gnawing stomach.
Mothers with older children than mine (oldest is 8) will have assignments on their list, such as
Suzy (14): get Christine (2) ready, pack 2 diapers, extra outfit, sippy cup, bag of Cheerios