Monday, December 5th, 2005
Review: Mom’s Family Calendar
The Mom’s Family Calendar by Sandra Boynton is cool, despite it’s entirely lame name. Yes, it’s by that Sandra Boynton, the author of numerous children’s books and funky music. And yes, Mom gets top billing, but this calendar is for tracking the activities of up to five family members, four of which you get to label inside the calendar.
This is a normal size 16-month calendar (September 2005 through December 2006), 12 inches square when closed. A few of Boynton’s drawings appear on each page, but there is not a huge piece of artwork for every month like regular calendars. And ya know what? This calendar doesn’t need it.
Each month is represented by a series of columns. The date and days of the week are on the left. Five columns of blank boxes â€“ one for each day and family member â€“ fill the right side.
The boxes aren’t big enough to write more than two or three items for one person for one day, but they work great for remembering major appointments. If you have fewer than five family members then the extra columns can be used for other purposes. We use the calendar to note my and Mom’s work days (they are variable), play groups, mommy groups and medical appointments. The calendar describes this tracking system with the slogan: "Who does what and goes where when. (But not why.)"