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Chapter 11. Balancing Life for the Adult... > Leading the Way for the Rest of the ...

Leading the Way for the Rest of the Family

You can't realistically expect the planner system you worked so hard to select and set up to work if you're sabotaging its cooperative nature by not using it yourself. How long do you expect your children to check the schedule when they're making plans if you aren't keeping your part of the schedule up-to-date? How long before your older children stop entering their plans into your family's planner if you never bother to check it before making plans that turn out to conflict with the information they've taken the time to post? If the system is going to work, everyone must share in its use with the same level of commitment. As an adult, you are responsible for setting the standard.

It's also your responsibility to establish and implement a vision for your family's collective life. So, while your teenager might set a long-term goal of getting a summer job, you must plan more broadly for major changes such as buying a new car or maybe even a new house. And now that you have your family's day-to-day schedule honed, you should feel confident in your ability to apply the same organizing skills to planning such an event. The techniques we discussed back in Chapter 3, “Creating an Activity Schedule,” for creating an activity map, to do list, and timeline and then scheduling the steps into your family's planner work equally well for large projects as they do for less complicated activities.


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