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Saturday, June 02, 2007

Tips from a super-organized mom


Looking for creative ways to keep work and family under control over the summer months?
One South Florida mom puts super organization skills to work to keep the not-so-lazy days of summer from overwhelming her life. Stephanie Norman, a Weston mother of three, finds her work-life in overdrive just as school lets out for the summer. Norman's company, City Theatre, produces the Summer Shorts Festival in Miami and Fort Lauderdale, the largest festival of short plays in the nation.
Norman choreographs her family life too, by creating an Excel spread-sheet with each child's activities for the entire summer: Samantha, 11, has a week of dance camp. Rebecca, 8, will spend a week at grandma's house. Matthew, 5, will go to a week at his school camp.
Every Monday, Norman e-mails the schedule to both sets of grandparents and her ex-husband, Jeff, all who help out with drop offs, pick ups and evening care.

Norman also has a room she calls the home office. Each child has a desk, computer, locker and bulletin board. On the bulletin board are each child's activities for the week. She makes sure to schedule some fun time with each one.

"I go into it knowing things will come up," she says. "But I know it's important not to forget to take some quality time to chill out with my kids."

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