*FREE* Online Parenting Calendars
Review by Janae Monroe
Peace Talks Mediation Services
Juggling soccer practice, violin lessons, tutors, and everything else in between can be extremely difficult to manage for any family, but for divorcing parents it’s all the more challenging.
Using programs like these will help give your children a sense of predictability. You can even enlist the help of your children to set up the initial information on the website. It is an opportunity for them to see how you manage time and schedules which is an excellent skill for a child of any age to participate in and observe. Take a look at all of the options and decide which features you will use given your family’s needs.
These programs are straightforward, easy-to-use and FREE:
How it works: Each parent (and/or stepparent or caregiver) will need a g-mail account. Add each event (you can set them up to be recurring) and then sync both parents’ calendars.
Perks: Free, easy to sync to any smart phone and/or iCalendar or Outlook and most people are already familiar with how it works. Very easy to use.
How it works: One parent will need to set-up the account (takes less than 5 minutes) and then the other parent will get a link and password to access the account and edit the calendar (Note: The parent who sets the account up does not have any special access to the account). There is only one calendar so you don’t have to worry about syncing or notifying the other parent. One potential problem: You’ll save yourselves a lot of heartache if you clearly establish that this is your sole method of scheduling and that any last minute changes should include a courtesy phone call or text.
Perks: Free. You can send messages and alerts when something is added, removed or edited. There’s also a Parenting Journal feature that allows you to keep track of any issues or events that you want to record. Journal entries are personal and not shared with the other party. Many people find it helpful that they are uneditable and time-stamped so that stories cannot be changed later on.
How it works: Sign-up is easy; all you need is an email address and the email addresses for everyone who needs access. Every person can add their own dates, color-code by child or by Parent/Caregiver, and you can choose who gets to see the event. For example, your child’s tutor may not need to know what time your child’s swimming practice is.
Perks: Free. Parents can send messages to each other or comment on an event (i.e “I have a meeting until 6, I might be 20 minutes late,” etc.) and it also features a resourceful blog that will help with co-parenting.
How it works: Similar to the others: all you need is to register, which will take less than 5 minutes. After every e-mail user activates their links that person is then able to add to the calendar.
Perks: Free. Simple to use, and it can sync with any iCalendar or school calendar. There’s also an iPhone, Android and Blackberry app you can use or you can download a widget onto your computer. You can send reminder text messages and e-mails and the agenda will be emailed to you at the beginning of each week. This program makes it nearly impossible for someone to be uninformed since there are SO many ways to be reminded and to communicate.