If you’re a mom with a child, or children, with special needs, you probably have a very busy schedule. Your planning needs may be different than others because perhaps you need to be at different appointments and therapies all week. It’s hard to stay on top of everywhere you need to be, everything you need to do, plus have time for yourself.
This gets incredibly stressful. Did you know that too much stress can affect your parenting abilities and unintentionally hurt your parent-child relationship?
We all know that routines, schedules, and consistency are important for kids. Well, those things are all important for adults, too.
Benefits of Following Routines and Using a Planner
- Helps us prioritize tasks
- Frees brain space for creative thinking
- Simplifies day to day life
- Reduces stress
- More likely to eat healthily
- More likely to sleep better
- More likely to make time for yourself
What’s Included in this Planner?
I created this printable bundle with parents in mind specifically who have children with special needs to help them stay organized and productive. There are six sheets included but you can print them as many times as you like and as often as you need them.
- Weekly Plan – This page is an overview of your entire week on one page. It includes space for appointments and therapies, to-do items, meals, and notes.
- Daily Plan – This page is more in-depth than the weekly planner since it’s for a single day. There is a large area for filling in your schedule, as well as a section for priority to-do items, any important notes you need to take, and meal planning for the day.
- Cleaning Schedule – When you’re already overwhelmed by a million things it’s easy to fall behind on cleaning. Keeping a cleaning schedule helps you stay on top of things, divide chores out evenly through the week so you aren’t doing too much on any specific day. This way it’s easier to make sure everything gets done. I recommend laminating this sheet and keeping it on the front of the fridge. Fill in your daily chores and use them as a checklist throughout the week. Mark them off with a dry-erase marker each day. For monthly and weekly chores, make note of the date you did the chore so you can keep track. Every week, erase the checkmarks on the weekly chores and start over.
- Daily Habit Tracker – This one is to help you stay on top of daily habits and self-care routines so you remember to take care of yourself too. Use this to record daily habits that are important to you so you can hold yourself accountable. Record things like drinking 8 glasses of water each day, spending 20 minutes of time alone, exercising, meditating, etc. Establishing new habits and routines require a lot of effort. This will help remind you to follow through.
- Medication Log – If your child takes medication, either regularly or temporarily, this medication log helps you track dosages and when the medication was last administered. This is especially important if more than one person is caring for your child and you need to make sure there are no missed doses or double-doses.
- To-do List – This is just a basic to-do list. Use it to write down anything you need to do that isn’t part of your regular daily routine so the tasks don’t slip your mind.
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