Some might think the very title of this article is an oxymoron -- but you can do it! Yes, life throws curve balls, people get sick, activities get canceled and school closures occur. Being prepared with a few simple tips, however, can help you function throughout the day without fire alarms every few hours.
No, we aren't talking about the last five men you dated before marriage; we're talking about the essential numbers list. This is a list (preferably typed) on a piece of paper that's stashed in a plastic sleeve and fits in a wallet, backpack pocket, inside zipper of a purse or a car's glove box. A child's list might include cell and home phone numbers for Mom, Dad, a babysitter, grandparents, trusted family friends and any other number your child might need. An ideal list for your husband or significant other could include numbers for your children's school, doctor, in-town relatives -- and (if you're hopeful) the dry cleaners, dog groomer, favorite take-out locale and any other number you would like him to use.
Yes, the Internet is available on phones, but how much easier is it just to say, "Oh, the number is in my wallet." Numbers for you might include all of the above plus those of your favorite hair and nail salon, a few neighbors, important work colleagues, etc. You never know when you're going to be in a time crunch, and having those essential numbers at the your fingertips will come in handy. Internet and phone don't work everywhere, and you might have to borrow a phone at the dentist's office.
The truth is, each day might be monotonous yet completely different. Know that, if Susie missed soccer and Alex is late to his piano lesson, the world will still be here the next day. Apologizing for tardiness, trying to leave in time to compensate for traffic and doing your best to be polite will help smooth the way. No one is perfect, but a little advance planning and a charming personality can go a long way.