Family Organizer Meets the Online Organizer #aboutone

Cooling down after a lacrosse match!

Aaaarrrggghhh! I’m sorry I can’t help feeling overwhelmed. It’s June. School ends in 4 days. And I’m exhausted. Like many parents, I see the end of the school year as the prize. A dangling carrot if you will. All year I have said, if we can only get to June. Just need to make it 6 more months, 5 more months, 4 more months… And we made it! Well, almost. Just 4 more days!

Now, don’t get me wrong…we had an awesome school year. All of my children did very well in school, sports, and other activities. But, having three children at three different schools, well it was exhausting, to say the least. Coach Dad started working at new school, too. And I squeezed in work somehow or other. Well, you can see that managing everyone was a full time job for me. I proudly wear my family organizer hat.

When I look back at the school year, and it helps that I was just at my 8th grader’s Transition Ceremony, I recall the great moments of this school year.

  • The Teen tried out for and made the Elite team at her volleyball club. Even though her tournament schedule was punishing at times — Richmond, DC, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, to name a few — we are so proud of her and her dedication to her sport and her team.
  • The Teen made us proud this year with her PSAT scores, and studied hard for her first AP test. She is one dedicated student.
  • The Tween-now-Teen surprised us by choosing only to play one sport this year, rather than two. We very quickly became a swimming family. Over the past few months we did a mini-college tour for her with swim meets at Towson, UMBC, HCC, Loyola, Mount St. Mary’s, and the U.S. Naval Academy.
  • The Tween-now-Teen was accepted to a new school for 9th grade. We’re excited to tag along with her on her high school journey.
  • The Kid was a veritable dynamo this year. There wasn’t a sport or activity that he didn’t want to try. He played on soccer and lacrosse recreational teams. Got his Orange belt in karate. And encouraged us to play many, many board games as a family. This kid LOVES chess!
  • The Kid participated in a bunch of interesting units at school…he wrote a version of Cinderella, built a bridge, did a science fair experiment, and excelled in math this year.

Phew, I’m exhausted just writing this list. Of course as well as the triumphs, we had a few missteps a long the way. We forgot a couple of doctors’ appointments. A couple of school assignments were turned in late. I misplaced the chaperone form for the last field trip. And one of my kids has needed to get a booster shot for weeks. I’m the family organizer, but I can’t do it alone, that is for sure.

I’m a family organizer, but I need an online organizer to keep me on track. I’ve discovered that AboutOne a few months ago. I can create an account for my family, with sub accounts for each of the kids on the AboutOne dashboard. Once logged in to this bank-level secure site, I was able to add pertinent information for each family member in the fields of Health, Education, and more. On the Health screen I can add entries for each doctor, medical condition, and health insurance.

Like me, I know that you want to learn how to get organized. Here’s how…

  • Watch this humorous video from Carley Knobloch on AboutOne.

I was compensated by AboutOne to review their online organizer. All opinions and text are my own. I follow the tenets of Blog With Integrity.

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