Establish a rhythm of planning your weeks together.
You're just trying to make it through the week? Too often that's us too.
You and your partner struggle to stay on the same page? Yep. Same.
When you ask the families who seem to have it all together how they keep it all together, a simple common theme emerges - they have a shared family calendar and they communicate about scheduling and household organizing regularly.
But planning details too far in advance doesn't actually help because of all the events and household needs that arise along the way. This is why we recommend setting aside time (perhaps on a Sunday afternoon) to intentionally plan the week ahead. Get with your partner and perhaps the older children in your home and walk through the details of the week - What's important? What needs to happen? What has changed? What and when should everyone eat? Does anyone need rides? etc. As you talk all this through, capture all the details in a planner or calendar that everyone can access. Ideally this planner or calendar is digital and accessible from anywhere because life these days does not just happen in one place.
This practice doesn't just help you make it through the week, it sets you and your household up to thrive because it creates a source of truth, helps you manage the chaos, and gets everyone on the same page.