It's no secret (amongst family and friends and general acquaintances, of course) that I'm an enthusiastic mom who likes to plan. If I have a "thing," it's because I've made a pre-planned scheduled meticulously written in my planner, probably in purple pen and highlighted extensively. As such, I currently spend way more time than I care to admit, trying to balance my planning tendencies with my toddler’s tendencies to not care at all about what I've planned. Still, while it can be difficult, I've realized that women who are aggressive planners make the best moms. I mean, not to toot my own horn or anything, but more often than not, I got this 'ish on lock.
Sure, sometimes my perfect plans are thrown out the window by my kid, and sometimes the plans I spent endless hours making never come to fruition because I'm exhausted or overwhelmed or just no longer in the mood. However, I have found that my need to constantly plan has kept myself, my kid and essentially my entire family on task and in a better position to make it through any day with minimal mishaps. In fact, my constant planning is a lot like a birth plan; you want to be as structured and prepared as possible, but the possibility of deviation is high and, well, you kind of have to just go with the flow.
I might bet playfully made fun of for my purple pens and my extensive plans, but I’ve found that being an super-enthusiastic planner has positively affected my parenting in the following ways (so, you know, thank you purple pen):