Monday, November 9, 2015

Gigi Says: How the CareCalendar helps the Beans

Grandma Gigi does double duty
Gigi says:

When you have triplets, people want to help. That's logical, but figuring out how to let them actually pitch in is not so easy. People who want to hold and feed the babies don't want to just drop in. And while mom welcomes food, she doesn't need two dinners on the same evening.

My sister-in-law, Beth, tipped me to an online planning tool that she has used to help her teacher colleagues. CareCalendar brings order to potential chaos – when four friends show up at the same time to rock the Beans.

The CareCalendar is available free online to anyone who wants to start one. While it is free they do accept donations. The CareCalendar can be organized to provide meals and other help for families during a life changing event, such as the birth of a baby or babies.

The calendar manager works with the parents to list the chores that are needed and the best times for assistance. Then family and friends can sign up to fill those needs.

The parents get a daily email showing who signed up to do what and when. Customizing the CareCalendar for our family was a simple process and the result has been great on-going support. Our triplets now have friends and neighbors who get to share baby time or drop off a pot of soup.

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