Communication and scheduling can be a big problem in today’s families. Americans are busier than ever before. Your husband or you leave for work while it’s still dark outside, your High School student leaves at 7 a.m., your middle school student leaves 7:30 and your College student is either away at college or commuting. After school, everyone rushes from one activity to another. You have grandparents who want to know what’s happening with you and the kids. Yes, we try to have family meetings but what happens between those family meetings to keep everyone up to date? Facebook is great, but what if you don’t want the whole world knowing your business? What then? How can you keep the loved ones out of town feeling involved in what is happening at home?
A family website is an option. They can be free, easy to set up and easy to use. For example, Shutterfly offers a free website for families, teams and organizations. With a little bit of time and a nonexistent web publishing background, you can have a website up and running for your family. Imagine, a place where all the schedules can come together. Kids can sign up for chores, or be assigned, as the case may be. Where your husband automatically receives an email of your upcoming anniversary a week before it happens. Where your mom in New York can receive an automatic email about your daughter’s award ceremony or your son’s baseball game. Now, she can call to see how everything went and feel connected to her grandchildren. Everyone can share pictures without facial recognition going out to the whole world.
Worried about security? You can control who visits, comments and edits your website. The best part of all, it is a communication place just for your family. Put in fun family polls, that even Granddad can weigh in on. It’s fun, it’s easy and it’s free.
Check out my example website http://sampledeehobbs.shutterfly.com/
My sincerest hope is that this idea brings you and your family closer together. Or at least gets some jobs done around the house.