Updated on March 29, 2022
Home Management Binder: Children and Family. How to set up the children and family sections of your home-based binder.
Today I am sharing the next installment of setting up your home management binder.
Now we will talk about the children and/or family sections. Plus, I will be sharing some additional free printables with you.
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Home Management Binder: Children Section
The children section is one I use the most in my binder, especially now that my son has started participating in sports and is attending school.
If you don’t have children yet, you may want to include a place for your pets or you can omit this section altogether. Almost everything that has to do with my kids goes in this section.
Child Information Sheet
First, I have information sheets for both of my children. I try to update these each time my child has their yearly well check exam and once again about 6 months later.
Since my children are changing so rapidly I can update the current weight and height of each child. This helps when we need to administer medication to them. (It is best to medicate by weight rather than age.)
If you have a child under 2 you may need to update this information more frequently, and as they get older you may be able to update it just once a year.
The sheet also includes allergy and insurance information for each child. This is a great reference sheet for caretakers as well.
Medication Dosing Chart
Next in my binder, I include a sheet I received from my doctor with dosing instructions for different types of medication. I keep it in a page protector right behind the child information sheet.
You can find a similar dosing chart here: https://www.southriverpediatrics.com/dosage-chart.php
After this, I include a babysitter checklist. I write in the information that does not change such as our cell phone numbers and address. Then, I slip it into a page protector.
I use a wet erase marker to fill it out whenever we use a babysitter. You can also use a dry erase marker on page protectors, but I find they rub off too easily and make a bigger mess.
Each sheet gives room to fill in information for up to three children.
The babysitter checklist includes:
- what foods they are allowed to have
- when they should have a nap or go to bed
- what discipline technique your babysitter should use (time out, loss of privileges, etc.)
- information for where you are going and when you will be home.
I included a place for your home address and phone number. This can be valuable information your babysitter may not know in case of an emergency.
Next, is school paperwork that I need to refer back to, such as the school handbook, and information sent home for parents.
I do not include any of my son’s school work that he brings home. Instead, I save the kid’s schoolwork in filing bins that are sorted by grades.
I have this section marked with a removable tab so I can easily reference all the information.
Helpful Tip: Use plastic dividers that also include a folder to temporarily hold information until you hole punch it and put it in the binder. I also put permission slips or anything else that may need to be signed or returned to school that I do not immediately put in his folder to go back the next day. These types of dividers also stick out past any pages that you have in sheet protectors.
I also include any information we receive about current sports my kids are involved in. Usually, there is a lot of paperwork whenever a new season starts.
The printable calendar goes in the front calendar section, but uniform information, picture forms, and any other information involving sports goes here.
I keep the information in my binder until the season is over and then I will remove it and either permanently file it or throw it out.
Home Management Binder: Family Section
The family section holds more general family information (not specific to the children).
In mine, I include local library information, printouts of maps of parks and hikes in our area, and brochures I may pick up that include activities for us to do as a family.
Free Printable Child Information Sheet and Babysitter Checklist
Click the links below to download:
Is there anything else you would include in the family or children sections of your home management binders? Let me know in the comments.
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